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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.

Chandelier of Lost Earrings

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 yesterday.

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.