43 - From May 2011

Submitted by root on Sun, 06/07/2015 - 16:36

The 43  exhibition began to come to life on 26 May 2011 with…


"The Black-E, launched on 27 May 1968, will have its 43rd Birthday tomorrow. We are planning, naturally, to celebrate this birthday with 'The 43 Game'.

Participants, as individuals or in small groups, are invited to produce a photograph - either of a created work or a discovered scene, object, or image - which features the number '43'.

Please feel free to create your '43' work anywhere and in anyway, with the number '43' either immediately recognisable or subtly present, or anywhere in between. The one absolute rule is this… If a child is given the photograph and is asked what number they can find, then their answer should be '43'. Beyond this rule there is absolute freedom.

We are proposing to play this game at The Black-E on the birthday itself, in our weekly games session, and at our playschemes including over the forthcoming half term. 

We will be very pleased to receive '43' works sent by email, from recipients of this invitation or from anyone to whom this invitation has been passed on.

Works created will be printed in A3 size, laminated, and displayed in the Gallery as a birthday celebration".


The Works

The works either created at The Black-E or sent in to The Black-E were then mounted to form a 43 wall. Below are pictures of the wall and of the separate works which make it up.

Picture of the wall with the works

43 potatoes-43 cents- photo'd at 3 minutes past four on the 4th March by Peter Bonnici  Architectural drawing of 43 by Bill Harkin43 Bricks and T-lights by Stephen Knox43 Vampire by Alfie Lamb

43 in turquoise against  highly coloured dots by Alfie LambLiverpool 43 bus by Sarah Kynaston 43 on taxi plates by Sara Kynaston43 in Coco Pops by Darlene Qinn 43 Cup cakes by Yvonne Tsangj43 in cheese on toastSteve Bennett's work 43 in sugar on cornflakes by Rebecca43 in seeds on bread by Dee Harkin43 on the surface of soup by Neil Johnson43 in I Ching is Kuai - Resoluteness by Neil JohnsonBlack Es with the strapline All The Black-E's equal 43  by Neil Johnson43 in a lift by Joe Cain43 on the  blackboard by Karl Eversley 43 in the mout of a Chines Lion by  Claire Bullen43 in fingers with a picture of the black-e by Delia  Milko43 made of bottles and toys in a circle of hands created by young people43 at the beach created by young people43 on the beach by Chris Furby43 in the hostas by Wendy Harpe43 carved into a tree by Vince Edwards43 scales weighing popcorn by Vince Edwards43 on a cooker timer by Vince Edwards43 in marbles on a checkers board by Vince Edwards43 spelt out by tins of fish43  434 34 on a calculator by Seelan Manoharan43 painted on the faces of Emma Blunsum and Amanda  Jones43 in photoshopped images of Colin Birch and Adrian Jones43 in green on the T-shirt and in blue held on the hands by Julian Jones 43 in snooker balls by Bryony Simon43 in dice playing Monopoly by Maria Paul43 on playing cards43 made out of 2 hands43 made by hands by Leander Barnes and  Eva and Jan Perle 43 in Connect by Leander Barnes43 made from the circus silks  as they fall on the floor by Barry Welshe43 made by the dance group in hula hoops43 standing in hula hoops43 Platforms at Hannover HB by Sally Morris43 Canning Street by  Sally Morris43 on a purple rubbish bin by Bill Harpe43 made out of43 made up of the spines of DVD on tiles with feet by Oscar Romp43 done on a typewriter in Xs by Glen43 in the night sky by John Rand43 made out of wood with young people on the steps of the Black-E by Alan Smith


A Variation

Three works resulted from a variation on the 43 game.

The human sculptures provide the settings for 43 post-it notes, 43 candles,  and 43 flowers.

43 Post-it-notes by Company Of Friends43 candles by Company of Friends43 flowers by Company of Friends


The Makers

The 43 Works were created by, or involved participation from: -

Lynn Williams;  Tamia Williams;  Barry Welsh;  Yvonne Tsang; Geoff Thomas-Harper; Alan Smith; Bryony Simon; Marnie Simon; Oscar Romp; John Rand; Darlene Quinn; Terrelle Quinn;  Anais Paul;  Ethan Paul; Odell Paul; Saffiyyah Paul;  Ezra Paul;  Khadija Paul;  Maria Paul; Jan Parle; Eva Parle; Leander Perle; Sally Morris;  Andrew Moore; Amir Mohammed; Kenza Mohammed; Jarma Mohammed; Halima Mohammed; Delia Milko; Seelan Manoharan; Kevin Lockett; Annaleigh Livens; Alfie Lamb; Sue Lancaster; Sarah Kynaston; Stephen (Knocker) Knox; Julian Jones; Amanda Jones; Neil Johnson; Paul Jamieson; Julia Hoffman; Bill Harpe; Wendy Harpe;  Bill Harkin; Dee Harkin; Dawn Geary; Chris Furby;  Karl Eversley; Vince Edwards; Glenys Davies; Leann Darby; John Chambers Emily Carter; Joe Cain; Claire Bullen; Peter Bonnici; Emma Blunsum; Colin Birch; Steve Bennett, Leander Barnes; Andrew Ahmed.

With apologies to anyone whose name has been missed out or mispelt


Our thanks are due to A.Wood & Company Printers. Email: - <awood_co1 [at] btinternet [dot] com> Tel: - 0151 709 11430151 709 1143  who sponsored the 43 exhibition    


All numbers are important. But some numbers in our world seem to be given more importance than others.

We started, a long time ago, by measuring the world with our bodies. We counted with our fingers. And since we have 10 digits on our two hands the number 10 became important. Our numbers system became based on the number 10 - and because of this, some numbers seem more important to celebrate than others. 

70th Anniversaries (Platinum), 60th Anniversaries (Diamond), 50th Anniversaries (Gold), and 25th Anniversaries (Silver) usually produce parties and celebrations  -  and 100th Anniversaries always produce something special in the way of celebrations. 

We need to remember that all numbers are equally important. If one number completely disappeared from the system of numbers then a lot of our calculations would never be right again until the number returned. 

Like all numbers, 43 is special in its own way. 43 is a 'prime number', one of those numbers which can only be divided by itself and by the number 1. 

When The Black-E reached its 43rd Anniversary we decided to give the number 43 a party!

Something to remember. If we had been born with 8 digits on our hands and feet, instead of 10, then we would be counting to an entirely different system, and our biggest celebrations would take place after 32 years and 64 year.


Pic ture of whole wall