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We celebrate 18 years of National Lottery arts funding

  • Date: 19 November 2012
  • Area: National
Giant wooden marionette on a boat arriving in Liverpool

The giant marionettes of Liverpool's Sea Odyssey were funded with National Lottery money. Credit: Liverpool City Council/Ant Clausen

To celebrate the National Lottery's eighteenth birthday, Arts Council England puts a spotlight on the inspirational art activities made possible with Lottery funding.

This week we are releasing new case studies on some of the most imaginative and diverse projects recently funded with Lottery money via Arts Council England, demonstrating inspiring and positive outcomes through their impact on artists and local communities.

Case studies

Supported with Lottery-funding via our Grants for the arts programme

  • Sea Odyssey, featuring gigantic marionettes walking the streets of Liverpool for the centenary of the sinking of RMS Titanic
  • Inner Vision, an inspiring blind and partially-sighted orchestra who were funded to tour
  • Cycle Song, a large-scale community opera celebrating Scunthorpe's Olympic hero in the run up to the Games
  • Orbit, a Space-inspired project bringing new audiences to contemporary art on the Isle of Wight
  • Take A Part, a community project bringing new life to Efford, Plymouth
  • Flying Machine, an interactive theatre experience engaging children of all abilities

Lottery-funded projects on The Space, our digital arts service with the BBC:

  • Total Permission, a new documentary profiling 12 outstanding disabled artists commissioned for Unlimited as part of the Cultural Olympiad
  • 10by10, 10 short films presenting a unique portrait of England from a Black British perspective

Further information

Find out more and apply to Grants for the arts

Visit our Case Studies pages and find out more about projects we've supported

Visit the National lottery good causes website and find out about broader National Lottery funding