Effervescent nominated for National Lottery Award!

Plymouth’s City Centre Company of the Year 2015, Effervescent, is through to the finals of this year’s National Lottery Awards and needs public votes to win.



 The Effervescent team outside our gallery, Radiant.  Image credit: Lawrence Hyne 2016.


The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.  The Awards have seven categories – each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport, Heritage, Arts, Environment, Health and Education, and Effervescent is one of only seven projects to make it through to the finals in the Best Arts Project category.


It’s the only project from the South West that’s been nominated in this category and it’s one of only three projects from the South West to reach the finals.


Effervescent’s project, R[eff]uge  has received Lottery funding in order to help teach vulnerable children and young people how to create and display art about taboo subjects that are otherwise difficult to talk about.  The exhibitions are shown at Effervescent’s gallery, Radiant, in Plymouth, which is the only professional gallery in the UK that is curated entirely by children and young people.  Effervescent is also the organization behind celebrated Plymouth social enterprise bistro and tea room, RumpusCosy.


Part of the R[eff]uge project was this year’s exhibition, The Cold Truth.  A chilling sculpture display made up of 50 pairs of glass and ice children’s shoes, the installation melted throughout each day, before being re-cast in ice every evening.  Curated by young people who have lived through sexual exploitation, the shoes symbolised the damage sexual abuse does to children’s brains, bodies and relationships.  The Cold Truth was a partnership with Barnardo’s, and in addition to being supported by The Big Lottery Fund it was also supported by Children In Need, Plymouth University, Arts Council England and Plymouth City Council.



The Cold Truth at Radiant Gallery, January 2016.  Image credit: Lawrence Hyne. 


The winning project in each of the awards categories will receive national recognition on a star-studded BBC One TV show in early September and, in addition to the Lottery funding they have already received, will receive a £3,000 cash prize to spend on their project.


Creative Director and CEO Eloise Malone said: “I’m delighted that the project has been honoured in this way. Our young curators worked so hard, putting their hearts and souls on the line with deeply personal art, and this acknowledges their courage and bravery. National Lottery funding has helped provide a gentle space for young people to bring difficult issues into the open. As an arts organisation we help young people say the things they had no previous way to say.  It’s easy to vote, so we’re hoping people support us, to help us gain national recognition for this important work.”


Voting for the finals starts at 9am on 22 June and ends at midnight on 20 July. Voters can register their votes for R[eff]uge by calling 0844 836 9710 or logging on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/reffuge.   For further information, interviews or images, please contact Effervescent’s Communications Lead, Sally Bell at sally@eff.org.uk or 07787 168946.

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