A charity supporting the LGBT+ community in Wales has been selected to appear in a striking new art installation at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Pride Cymru is one of four local initiatives represented in a unique piece of art unveiled by Love Island 2021 winner Liam Reardon and commissioned by The National Lottery.

The anamorphic artwork, created from 636 lottery balls, spells out the words ‘CREATE’ in English and ‘CREU’ in Welsh when viewed from a specific angle which has been created 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 by National Lottery players.

It is one of four pieces of artwork that The National Lottery plans to unveil this week across the UK as part of its 27th birthday celebrations and represents the 636,000 projects funded since 1994.

Once all four pieces have been unveiled, they will form the message ‘BUILD DREAMS, CREATE CHANGE’ to bring to life the results that can be achieved through National Lottery funding.

The LGBT+ charity is volunteer-led, with an aim to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity within Wales. 

In 2018, it delivered the ‘Making Our Own World: Inspirational figures for LGBT+ people and fantasy’ project which was an exploration of the ways in which Welsh LGBT+ people have historically engaged with both real and imaginary worlds to create their own in the absence of clear role models. 

Pride Cymru has been awarded a total of £43,400 worth of funding from The National Lottery in over the years for numerous projects so that they can continue their work campaigning for equality and acceptance of diversity within communities around Wales.

Pride Cymru’s Charity Manager Cath Harrison, 41, said: “With the funding from The National Lottery, we created an exhibition of 20 LGBT+ icons and allies in the historical past and uncovered a lot of history and stories that hadn’t been told before. That exhibition was served to highlight some amazing people in history. 

“Without the funding from The National Lottery, we wouldn't have been able to put the project on at all or support people in the LGBT+ community. 

“It allowed us to create the exhibition which is still in use now by organisations and groups – it's been displayed all around Wales. 

“We've always had so much support from The National Lottery over the years so it's wonderful to be included in the installation. 

“The fact that there's that representation with the LGBT+ flag is so important. It just shows people that we're a valued and seen 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 that represent the following four beneficiaries from Wales that have been supported by National Lottery funding, including Pride Cymru which is being represented by the LGBT+ flag.

Ealing Times: The anamorphic artwork, created from 636 lottery balls, spells out the words ‘CREATE’ in English and ‘CREU’ in Welsh when viewed from a specific angle which has been created 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 by National Lottery playersThe anamorphic artwork, created from 636 lottery balls, spells out the words ‘CREATE’ in English and ‘CREU’ in Welsh when viewed from a specific angle which has been created 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 by National Lottery players

Among the other artefacts donated by local projects are a ball on behalf of Street Football Wales (SFW), which is a charity that uses the power of football to reach the homeless and most socially excluded members of society, boosting their health and engaging them in services to turn their lives around; a paint brush for the Galerie Simpsons Artists in Swansea which is an innovative artists-run gallery which supports creatives in every stage of their career and gives interns a first step onto the industry ladder; and a giant heart for Cyfannol Women’s Aid Limited which is an independent charity based in Pontypool, Newport and Abergavenny, which provides services and support throughout Gwent to people experiencing any form of Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence. 

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 Cardiff installation will be available to view from 17th – 23rd November, with other installations being revealed in Antrim Castle Gardens in Antrim, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, and Trafalgar Square in London. 

To find out more about National Lottery funding go to https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/funding