Innovative sensory theater organization celebrated with a work of art from the National Lottery – unveiled by Alexandra Burke
A Norwich organization that produces sensory theater for adults and young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) has been selected to appear in a striking new art installation in Trafalgar Square in London.
Frozen Light is one of five local initiatives represented in a unique work of art unveiled by singer and actress Alexandra Burke and commissioned by the National Lottery.
The anamorphic artwork, created from 636 lottery balls, enunciates the word “CHANGE” when viewed from a specific angle that was created to inspire change and encourage audiences to think about how he could use part of the £ 30million raised for good causes each week by players in the national lottery.
It’s one of four works of art the National Lottery plans to unveil this week across the UK as part of its 27th anniversary celebrations and represents the 636,000 projects funded since 1994.
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Once the four coins have been unveiled, they will form the message “BUILD DREAMS, CREATE A CHANGE” to bring to life the results that can be achieved through funding from the National Lottery.
The theater company was founded by artistic director Lucy Garland and Amber Onat Gregory in 2013. They have already created six exciting and original multisensory shows for audiences with PMLD, which they have filmed in 70 different locations across the UK .
The work they produce offers a chance for their audience to feel connected in a world that doesn’t offer many opportunities.
Frozen Light has received £ 192,486 in LNP funding over the past three years and in December 2020 was able to continue its tour across the UK to reach a wider audience who have been affected by PMLD through it.
Artistic Director Garland, 37, said: “We have been very fortunate over the years with project grants from the National Lottery and the Arts Council of England.
“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to exist as a business. They help us create high quality works that we can visit across the country to make sure we reach large numbers of audiences with deep and multiple learning disabilities.
“To be recognized as one of the five projects across the country that the National Lottery is proud to fund is incredible for us.
“It’s also amazing what this is going to do for our audience – we stand up for it – and it sheds light and visibility on our audience’s need and on sensory theater.”
The installations were created by leading art collective Greyworld and inspired by projects funded by the National Lottery. Each installation was made from more than 636 national lottery balls, which represent the 636,000 and more organizations that receive funding in the sports, arts, heritage and community sectors.
The artwork includes five unique objects that represent the following five English recipients who were supported by National Lottery funding, including the Frozen Light Theater which is represented by a theatrical mask.
Other items donated by local projects include a sports ball on behalf of Sporting Memories, a national program that uses remembrance and sports activities to support people with dementia, loneliness and depression; an NHS cordon for the NHS at 70, which is the first digital archive in the history of the service since its inception in 1948; a movie clapper board for The Box on The Box in Plymouth, an initiative put in place during the first lockdown last year to prevent the isolation of the elderly by showing archival film footage directly into homes of care ; and a symbol of peace for Every Victim Matters which supports victims of hate crimes and racism in the South West.
Ros Kerslake, CEO of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Chairman of the National Lottery Forum, said: “For 27 years, National Lottery funding has transformed communities, turned dreams into reality and improved the lives of millions of people. As we come out of what has been a desperately difficult time, we want to instill hope and encourage communities to imagine what they could accomplish with a helping hand from the National Lottery. With £ 30million raised every week for good causes, we have available grants of £ 3,000-5million. By coming together as communities and as a nation, we can build, dream and create to change our future for the better and for generations to come.
The London installation will be on view on November 18, and other installations will be unveiled in the gardens of Antrim Castle in Antrim, the Wales Millennium Center in Cardiff and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
To find out more about the funding of the national lottery, visit https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/funding