26 June 2012

People are being urged to vote for Northamptonshire arts project FLOW which has won a place in the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards 2012.

FLOW (www.flow-northamptonshire.com) was a year-long visual arts programme which engaged 90,000 people through a series of artworks by leading British artists to explore and respond to the journey of water through Northamptonshire’s rivers, canals, water towers and reservoirs, and part of the regional Igniting Ambition Festival and London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

FLOW is one of only 10 projects to make it through in the Best Art Project category in the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

If the project is successfully voted into the final three, it will be featured on the National Lottery Awards 2012 television show which will be broadcast live on BBC One later this year.

The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at the star-studded event and £2,000 to spend on their project.

The programme included:

  • Northampton Lighthouse – a laser installation which lit up Northampton’s National Lift Tower to signal 2012 hours to go before the official opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Seven Spires – seven four metre high red spires installed in the Oxford Canal outside the historic village of Braunston, the heart of the UK canal network;
  • 180° of Light – Rothwell, Desborough and Corby (Beanfield) Water Towers were illuminated via laser beams to create a giant 5 square mile triangle visible in the night sky.
  • Sywell Echo –Sywell Country Park’s Edwardian reservoir was set alight with over 100 LEDS tracing the original valley streams and Parish border.
  • Interchange – a fortnight of artistic activity which saw three artists based on a narrowboat travel from Cosgrove to Wadenhoe and back, with a unique performance in Blisworth Tunnel.
  • Hero – a laser-light installation aligned with the canalised River Ise in the historic grounds of Boughton House, home of the Duke of Buccleuch.

Cabinet member for customer and community services Councillor Heather Smith said: “I am delighted that the FLOW programme has been shortlisted in these prestigious awards. Despite being a landlocked county, Northamptonshire’s waterways are a significant part of the county’s landscape and FLOW has been a fantastic way of highlighting these important locations.

“Please vote for FLOW in the National Lottery Awards 2012, it’s an opportunity to showcase Northamptonshire on national TV and show the rest of the country was this wonderful county has to offer.”

Voting for the semi-finals starts at 9am on Tuesday 26 June and ends at midday on Sunday 22 July. To vote for FLOW call 0844 836 9675 or log on to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards. Please do not call before lines open as your vote will not be counted but you will be charged for the call.

The three projects in each category with the highest number of votes will go through to the final round of public voting later this summer.

FLOW Northamptonshire

FLOW is part of the Cultural Olympiad, the biggest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games, and Northamptonshire’s lead project within the 2011 Igniting Ambition Festival.

FLOW is a Northamptonshire County Council-led project delivered in partnership with Anglian Water and British Waterways and is associated with the regional Breath of Fresh Air programme, which encourages local communities to engage with the environment. Key funders include Arts Council England, Northamptonshire County Council, Legacy Trust UK, Breath of Fresh Air and Anglian Water www.flow-northamptonshire.com

Igniting Ambition Festival

Igniting Ambition, a Cultural Olympiad programme, invests in projects and people that take the London 2012 Games as their inspiration, to create once-in-a-lifetime cultural opportunities for audiences and communities. Igniting Ambition is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, the European Regional Development Fund and the East Midlands Development Agency, with the support of Arts Council England and many others.

Legacy Trust UK

FLOW has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity set up to create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from London 2012 in communities across the UK.

The Trust is funded by a £40 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund (£29m), Department for Culture Media and Sport (£6m) and Arts Council England (£5m), and is a Principal Funder of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival. www.legacytrustuk.org

The National Lottery Awards 2012

Calls cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by The

National Lottery

All voting will be independently adjudicated and verified by Electoral Reform Services Semi- Finals

There are a total of 70 projects in the semi-finals - 10 in each of the seven categories.

The public can vote from 9am on Tuesday 26 June and any vote cast before Midday on Sunday 22 July will be counted.

The three projects with the most votes in each category will go through to the final round of public voting.


There will be a total of 21 projects in the finals - three in each of the seven categories

There will be only one winner in each category. The seven winners will be announced during a special BBC One television programme transmitted later in the year.