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
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.
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
The public can vote online for their favourite project
until midnight on Wednesday 23 July.
The Chandelier of Lost Earrings is currently being
exhibited at Towneley Hall, Burnley.