In the UK the first National Lottery was November 14th 1994. At the time it generated much controversy. As a trained maths teacher I was curious about the whole issues of chance and probability. Did anyone really grasp the odds of winning? I thought not, but saw an opportunity to investigate through artwork. Could I illustrate these odds? On BBC Radio 4 there was a heated discussion of this new idea of a lottery. This was my first way into the subject. I scribbled my way through the discussion, a sort of stream of words phrases used on the radio. I responded with a painting in words, patterns and colours below.But could I show the odds of 14,000,000 to 1? It was going to be a challenge!
My Only Lottery Painting 50 x 100 cms (Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery 1995. Plymouth Arts Club Exhibition)
Advertising gurus Sachi and Sachi Alan Clifford Quasi religious atmosphere Blasphemous gain 10 th commandment A tax on the poor Advertising gives? Accessing voluntary money Poor people will buy Trick to give to everyone DeceptionAddictiveGamble GreedHopeSalvationIt Could Be YouForget It All For An InstantFantasyand more
Also at the time I had a mountain of ideas to build up a major exhibition. I enclose details on this page. It never took off. It was too ambitious, I was busy teaching, but I now look back and think it could have succeeded with a more dedicated approach. The details are here for what its worth. Loads of positive comments! Some of the ideas below might make you smile!
Tate Gallery, London. Sandy Nairne, for Nicholas Serota..This is not an exhibition fitting in with our current exhibitions, however I am sure you should not feel discouraged from putting your proposals to galleries in the south west and beyond…..just need more visual examples .Rt Rev David Sheppard. Bishop of LiverpoolThis sounds an exciting idea, I do hope it proves to be possible.Michael Schluter. Jubilee Trust.I think your work looks absolutely fascinating and I would like to give you every encouragement in pursuing it. I hope my friend Keith Tondeur, who is writing a book about the Lottery may be able to work alongside you to take advantage of the creative ideas your letter spells out. I shall remember your work, however it falls at the moment outside our terms of reference …Bishop of CoventryI am delighted to hear of your project and do hope you will be able to develop it…..and more…
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