Saint Mary’s artwork wins National Lottery Award
The stunning art installation The Chandelier of Lost
Earrings, exhibited in Saint Mary's Hospital earlier this
year, has won the prestigious National Lottery Award 'Best Art
Project in Britain.'
It was selected from more than 750 entries across the
country to go into a public vote to decide the winners of the
National Lottery Awards, the annual search for the UK's favourite
lottery-funded projects, and tit was revealed yesterday that the
Chandelier had the most votes cast.
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.
The Chandelier of Lost Earrings initially came
about through a 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.
The Chandelier of Lost Earrings is currently being
exhibited at Towneley Hall, Burnley, where Jade Jagger presented
Lauren with the award on behalf of the National Lottery
Staff from all across Central Manchester Foundation Trust
contributed earrings to the project, which was exhibited at Saint
Mary's between October of last year and January.