Nadine Coyle unveils new National Lottery artwork at Antrim Castle Gardens
FORMER Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle has unveiled a new artwork at Antrim Castle Gardens as part of the National Lottery's 27th birthday celebrations.
Created by arts collective Greyworld, it was commissioned to encourage the public to think about how their own communities might use some of the £30 million raised for good causes each week.
Viewed from a certain angle, the installation spells out 'dreams' while from another view it forms a question mark.
The lottery has supported several projects in Northern Ireland including The Troubles I’ve Seen, which collects, shares and conserves stories from the LGBT+ community and Coleraine-based, 'Wheels to Wellbeing', which provides transport for older people and vulnerable adults in rural areas.
Ms Coyle said: "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 community projects to inspire and include future generations is something that is very close to my heart."
The installation will be available to view until Sunday.
Ros Kerslake from Lottery Heritage Fund said: "As we emerge from what has been a challenging time, we want to inject hope and encourage communities to imagine what they could achieve with a helping hand from The National Lottery".