The 43 exhibition began to come to life on 26 May 2011 with…
AN INVITATION TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY
"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 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.
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.
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
NUMBERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
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.