Macclesfield architects could soon see one of their own gracing the sides of the new £20 banknote, due to come in sometime within the next three to five years, with a new debate now being sparked as to who should have the privilege of being featured.

Members of the public are now being asked by the Bank of England to nominate their favourite architects, designers, painters, photographers and filmmakers, one of whom will be chosen to replace economist Adam Smith.

“There are a wealth of individuals within the field of visual arts whose work shaped British thought, innovation, leadership, values and society and who continue to inspire people today. I greatly look forward to hearing from the public who they would like to celebrate,” Mark Carney, governor of the Bank, said at the launch of the nominations period at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this week (May 19th).

You have until July 19th to make your nominations and can do so via the Bank of England website – simply enter the name of the person you’re nominating and explain why you’ve chosen them in no more than 100 words. Fictional or living characters are not allowed, so bear this in mind when coming up with your own shortlist.

We’d love to know who you’d choose to put on the £20 so drop us a line in the comments box below. Don’t forget to tell us why you’re nominating that particular person – hopefully we’ll get a bit of a debate going!