TWO Manchester artists who are in the running to win £2,000 after reaching the finals of a national competition are appealing for YOUR support.

Glass artists Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell, who work together as Sagar and Campbell and who are based at Rogue Artists Studios in Manchester, are finalists in the Best Arts Project category in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

Their entry, The Chandelier of Lost Earrings, is a sculpture made from over 3,000 single earrings donated by owners who have lost the other half of the pair.

The 2.5 metre-high sculpture was plucked from over 750 entries to make it through to the final stages of the competition, which seeks to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects.

It is up against six other finalists from around the UK competing for a £2,000 prize and the chance to feature on a BBC One show in September.

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday and now the artists are hoping the Trafford community will get behind them to help them claim the prize.

Artist Lauren Sagar 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.

"Being finalists we hope to be able to reach out to all the many anonymous contributors of beautiful lone earrings.

"We would like the opportunity of thanking them and of telling them how beautifully the Chandelier turned out!

"Then we really hope they will be able to go and find their earring amongst the thousands in real life."

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