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16th Tachwedd 2021

This week, the National Lottery is celebrating its 27th birthday by encouraging the public to think about how they might use some of the £30million raised for good causes each week in their own communities.

A striking installation unveiled at Antrim Castle Gardens in Northern Ireland is part of a 4-strong collection across the UK which have been created by The National Lottery to inspire and spark change.

The installation is made up of 636 National Lottery balls to represent the 636,000 projects that have been supported over the last 27 years. Taking over 500 hours to produce, the anamorphic artwork forms the word ‘DREAMS’ and when all four installations are unveiled will tell the message BUILD DREAMS CREATE CHANGE.

Today, former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has unveiled a striking new installation at Antrim Castle Gardens that has been commissioned by The National Lottery to inspire change and to encourage the public to think about how they might use some of the £30million raised for good causes each week in their own communities.

The installation in Northern Ireland is the second of four pieces of artwork that The National Lottery plans to unveil this week across the UK as part of its 27th birthday celebrations. The installation is an anamorphic piece of artwork that when viewed from a specific angle says the word ‘DREAMS’ and from another view forms a question mark. Once all four pieces have been unveiled, they will form the message ‘BUILD DREAMS, CREATE CHANGE’ to prompt the question what change could you make to improve your local community?

The installations have been created by leading arts collective Greyworld and inspired by National Lottery funded projects. Each installation has been made from more than 636 National Lottery balls, which represent the 636,000 and more organisations that benefit from the funding across the sports, art, heritage and community sectors.

Included in the artwork are four unique objects such as a bus wheel, sports equipment, a theatre mask and a LGBT+ flag that represent the following four beneficiaries from Northern Ireland that have been supported by National Lottery funding:

  • The Troubles I’ve seen is the first large-scale LGBT+ project of its kind in Northern Ireland, which aims to collect, share and conserve the hidden heritage of the LGBT+ community detailing their experiences of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland.
  • Clanrye Group in Newry whose EveryBody Active 2020 programme reinvented the delivery of sport activity programmes to suit the public during lockdown by allowing people to exercise and have fun whilst on their doorstep or social distancing in a large outdoor area.
  • AVA Belfast CIC is a live performance and workshop group with huge worldwide online audience engagement.
  • Wheels to Wellbeing is a project, based in Coleraine, Londonderry, that has created fully adapted buses and vehicles to provide transport for older people and vulnerable adults living in rural areas across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough – thanks to the National Lottery’s grant of £500,000 across four years.

Performing at venues around the UK throughout my career, I was able to really experience the impactful changes The National Lottery funding can create for so many individuals and organisations in the music industry. The Arts have always had the ability to connect you with people, to give you confidence and to nurture your creativity. And so, celebrating this funding that identifies and supports local community projects to inspire and include future generations is something that is very close to my heart.

Former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Chair of the National Lottery Forum, says: “For 27 years National Lottery funding has been transforming communities, turning dreams into reality and making life better for millions of people. As we emerge from what has been a desperately challenging time, we want to inject hope and encourage communities to imagine what they could achieve with a helping hand from The National Lottery. With £30million raised for good causes each week, we have grants available from £3,000 to £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 Northern Ireland installation will be available to view until Sunday 21st November, with other installations popping up in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Trafalgar Square in London. For more information on National Lottery funding visit

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For further campaign information, please contact Sally Greenwood, 077911 06825

Pictures and video content showcasing the new installations and celebrity appearances can be found here.

The Lottery balls used in each installation are made from aluminium, foam and steel cable, and will all be reused. The balls will go to two schools in East London for art supplies and sports equipment, and the truss will be used for live performance.

About the National Lottery

National Lottery players raise more than £30 million every week for good causes.
Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £43billion has been raised for good causes in the areas of arts, sport, heritage and community
Since 1994, The National Lottery has awarded over 636,000 individual grants across the UK.
The majority (70 per cent) of National Lottery grants are for £10,000 or less, helping small projects make a big difference in their community! 
For more information, please visit https://www.lotterygoodcauses....