Exeter resident, Adam Garratt, is part of a new portrait series called ‘Ticket To Your Happy Place’ shot by photographer Tom Oldham and commissioned by The National Lottery. The portrait series celebrates all the places that make us happy, that we love to visit, and have missed over the past year. Adam’s happy place is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery in Exeter.
The portraits have been commissioned to celebrate The National Lottery Open Week, which offers discounts and free entry at participating venues from 5 -13 June, and The National Lottery Cinema Weekend, which offers free cinema tickets at more than 500 cinema sites across the UK on 19 and 20 June. All as a thank you for the £30million raised for good causes every week by National Lottery players.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery will offer a free RAMM 150th anniversary tea towel for every shop purchase over £5 throughout The National Lottery Open Week.
When asked why the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery is his happy place, 34 year-old artist Adam, who also works at the museum reveals: “As an artist, it’s a place that I come to for inspiration for my own artistic practise. I always feel very grounded when I’m here at the RAMM - there’s something about this museum in particular that really gives me that creative energy. I enjoy coming either by myself, but ideally I make it an art date with a friend so that we can discuss all the exhibitions together.”
A spokesperson from RAMM: “We’re thrilled that Adam picked RAMM as his ‘happy place’ – and has such a strong affection for the museum.
“We’re excited to be taking part in The National Lottery Open Week this June. Over the last 20 years, we’ve been fortunate to receive National Lottery funding which has supported some incredible projects, from our major redevelopment project, which was completed in 2011, to enabling us to put on incredible exhibitions and share awe-inspiring objects such as the Seaton Down Hoard with the public. So, this is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket, helped us on our journey and made a vital contribution to supporting good causes. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back.”
Recent research from The National Lottery reveals eight in ten (81%) of UK adults have missed their ‘happy place’ during lockdown, whilst over half (57%) intend to visit their happy place at the earliest possible opportunity. Over three-quarters (79%) agree that we are fortunate in the UK to have a wide range of attractions, cultural sites, history, and art on the doorstep.
From Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 June, The National Lottery Open Week line-up includes free entry as well as exclusive discounts and offers at attractions and experiences across the UK, for anyone with a valid National Lottery ticket or scratchcard. From galleries and museums, to historic castles and gardens as well as sports stadiums and nature reserves, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
And for those whose happy place is enjoying a film at the cinema, The National Lottery Cinema Weekend, in partnership with the BFI, will take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June at around 500 cinema sites across the UK. Cinema Weekend will make over 200,000 free adult tickets available for any film screening across the weekend, as a thank you to National Lottery players for their vital contribution to film.
To search for your nearest participating happy place venues and cinemas, where your National Lottery ticket or scratchcard will unlock these special offers, head to www.NationalLotteryUnlocked.com.
Terms and conditions and booking instructions across special offers will vary, check the individual offer listing for details.
Please check your relevant national and local authority website for more information on COVID-19 restrictions where you live before booking. Also check local guidance before travelling.