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Saint Mary's artwork through to finals of the National Lottery Awards

The stunning art installation The Chandelier of Lost Earrings, exhibited in Saint Mary's Hospital earlier this year, has been nominated for the prestigious National Lottery Award as the 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.

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

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 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.

Brian Chapman, Director of Lime said:

"The Chandelier of Lost Earrings is a great concept for a project to engage with so many people.
The artists have worked so hard on this and the result is stunning. When displayed in the hospital it had a very positive impact on the space, patients, staff and visitors."

The project is now up against six others from across the country, and is the only one from Manchester. If successful it will result in a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.

The public can vote online for their favourite project until midnight on Wednesday 23 July. http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/chandelier-lost-earrings

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings is currently being exhibited at Towneley Hall, Burnley.