Towneley artwork in line for National Lottery Award

Sharon Campbell (left) and Lauren Sagar (right)

An artwork in Burnley fashioned from spare jewellery has been nominated as one of the best of its kind by the promoters of a National Lottery award.

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings, which is hanging at Towneley Hall, could officially become the best in the UK if it attracts enough votes.

Lottery chiefs are urging townsfolk to support the creation, by Manchester artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell, which is made up of 3,500 donated single earrings. Hall visitors will also have the chance to meet the pair on Saturday, July 12, as the chandelier’s stint at the venue has been extended until July 17.

Coun Bea Foster, leisure and culture executive member, said: “I am pleased to hear that Towneley Hall is hosting an artwork which is going for national glory and was chosen from so many entries.”

Votes can be cast until July 23 by calling 0844 836 9672 or going to

Winners of each category will go down to London for a glittering awards ceremony which will be featured on BBC One.

They will not only have an opportunity to rub their shoulders with sports, music and TV stars, but will also bag themselves a £2,000 cash prize and an iconic National Lottery Awards trophy.

The Manchester-based artists behind the 2.5m tall sculpture, Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell, said: “We’re delighted to have reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards. “Lottery money has really helped us to create, as custodians, a beautiful and enduring tribute to the extraordinary contributions made by innumerable people; their treasures, time and support.”