Art In The Minster – Sharon Campbell and Lauren Sagar – Chandelier of Lost Earrings


Grimsby Minster – 18 January to 15 February 2017

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings is the third in a programme of contemporary art exhibitions at Grimsby Minster organised by Our Big Picture in partnership with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

The result of a mass-participatory art project by artists Sharon Campbell and Lauren Sagar, this stand-alone sculpture was originally made as part of a series of installations in the courtyards of St. Mary’s Hospital, Manchester.

In 2011 the pair put a call out for people to donate individual earrings that had become separated from their partners. A successful press and social media campaign followed resulting in them collecting over 3000 earrings over 12 months. From these earrings they made a 2.5m high chandelier that drips with glittering jewels and delicate threads of fine chain.

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings has now toured to several venues and connected with thousands of people. It tells hundreds of stories gifted in the form of a single, cherished earring – its pair having been lost.

The Chandelier of Lost Earrings was overall winner in the Arts category in the 2014 National Lottery Awards for the best Lottery funded art project in the UK.

Art in the Minster is funded by Arts Council England and the David Ross Foundation.

Grimsby Minster,  St James Square, Grimsby DN31 1EP. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.30pm

Artist talk by Lauren Sagar

Lauren Sagar will at the Minster on 18th January 2017 to give a talk 6.30pm to 8pm about Chandelier of Lost Earrings and her new project ‘Call for Cloth’. Lauren is interested in how we talk about our lives through cherished items. £4 on the door includes light refreshment.