Top-class jewellery designer presents national award

26 August 2014

Celebrity jewellery designer Jade Jagger visited Towneley Hall, Burnley to present a national award to a t-ear-ific exhibition piece.

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings, made from more than 3,500 single earrings donated by owners who have lost the other half of the pair, scooped a prestigious National Lottery award as the Best Art Project in Britain.

Lauren Sagar, one of Manchester-based artists of 2.5m tall sculpture, came down to Towneley Hall and received a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.

The artists said they were ”super happy” to receive the award and thanked all who took part and voted for the chandelier.

Burnley Council’s executive member for leisure and culture Councillor Bea Foster said: “The Chandelier of Lost Earrings is an eye-catching artwork which demonstrates the power of art when people can connect with it on a personal level.

“I’m delighted to hear the good news that the chandelier has won such a prestigious award. I’d also like to thank all people who got behind it and gave their votes.”

Chandelier of Lost Earrings arrived at Towneley Hall in April and will be on display until 25th September.

It started life at St Mary’s maternity hospital, Manchester, as the culmination of a long-term engagement arts project funded by Arts Council England.

Staff and patients donated earrings and contributed stories to the project. From there women from across the city and beyond sent in contributions and the collection of earrings spans several generations.

From Burnley it will continue its tour of arts and community organisations across England.

Jade Jagger is English jewellery designer, former model and a daughter of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger.



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