Innovative children’s theater company selected to feature in Edinburgh art installation – unveiled by Sir Chris Hoy

A Glasgow-based children’s theater company has been selected to appear in a striking new art installation at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden.

Licketyspit is one of four local initiatives represented in a unique work of art unveiled by former Olympic and world champion Sir Chris Hoy and commissioned by the National Lottery.

The anamorphic work of art, created from 636 lottery balls, spells out the word ‘BUILD’ when viewed from a specific angle was created to inspire change and encourage audiences to think about how it is. could use some of the £ 30million raised for good causes each week by National Lottery players.

It is 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.

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 with funding from the National Lottery.

It is 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.

Licketyspit is an early childhood theater company that uses Storyplay – its theater-led approach to theater – to bring families and communities together and aid in children’s development.

The company is made up of various strands, including Porridge & Play, which inspires children and their parents to embrace the game and the imagination, which was made possible by a grant of £ 150,000 from the National Lottery.

Through their Children & Families network, they stay in touch with the families they have worked with by providing them with resources and events.

Used to working face-to-face with children and their families, Licketyspit has moved all of its programs online during the pandemic so that it can continue to connect with the hundreds of families who have been supported by their work.

Virginia Radcliffe, CEO and Artistic Director of Licketyspit, said: “National Lottery funding has enabled us to go to communities in areas of poverty in Glasgow and our network of families, especially refugee families, is came into contact during the pandemic saying they feared their children might be isolated.

“Suddenly, we realized that we absolutely had to find out how to do this work online and we were able to provide laptops and Wi-Fi to be able to set up the sessions.

“The kids were very good at engaging with each other even though we controlled the Zoom, the kids admired and copied what others were doing.

Virginia continues, “We have had real success over the past two years, not least in the way working online has allowed us to connect with families in a consistent way. It really allowed the work to develop and grow in new directions.

“We were delighted to be included in the facility – it’s a very positive project and if you find a way to meet the needs of the children you will meet everyone’s needs and we want more people to know our work.”

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 four unique objects that represent the following four Scottish beneficiaries who have been supported by National Lottery funding, including Licketyspit which is represented by a child with a ball.

Other organizations featured in the unique artwork are the Hear Me Out Project at Angus, which is a Dundee-based project that helps young people use creative dance to connect with communities and explore social issues, which are represented by dance shoes; Jiggly Joggers in Glasgow is a community walking, jogging and running network specially designed for women looking to get active and have had their work encapsulated with a pair of running shoes. and Sewing2gether All Nations is a Paisley-based program that has created a supportive and inclusive community in which asylum seekers, refugees and New Scots can learn to sew and practice conversational English and receive practical advice and support . The program is represented by a sewing kit.

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, we can build, dream and create to change our future for the better and for generations to come.

The Edinburgh installation will be on view from November 15-21, with other installations unveiled in the gardens of Antrim Castle in Antrim, the Wales Millennium Center in Cardiff and Trafalgar Square in London.

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