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Lottery Award winning artwork returns to Saint Mary’s Hospital

The stunning art installation The Chandelier of Lost Earrings, and winner of the National Lottery Award 'Best Art Project in Britain', returned to Manchester's Saint Mary's Hospital this week.

Manchester based artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell worked closely with the Trust's resident arts programme Lime to create this unique communal project, which as well as contributions from staff and patients, had the support of volunteers and businesses to see it through to installation.

Chandelier of Lost Earrings

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings initially came about through collaboration with staff at Saint Mary's Maternity Unit, where staff were asked to donate lone earrings which had formally been a pair, and which had some emotional resonance or significance for the wearer.

Earrings were gifted to the project alongside a few written words about the personal significance of the earrings. The sculpture itself comes to represent many individual stories woven together into one object heavy with meaning and significance for those who took part.

Staff from all across Central Manchester Foundation Trust contributed earrings to the project, which was first exhibited at Saint Mary's between October 2013 and January 2014.

The exhibition fought off stiff competition from more than 750 other projects in the country to win the national award, which was presented to them by Jade Jagger in summer of last year. The earrings will be on show at Saint Mary's Hospital for the next two months.

For more information visit http://www.sagarandcampbell.co.uk.