Film London announced Seamus Harahan as winner of the 2015 Jarman Award tonight. Harahan was presented with the £10,000 prize by
celebrated filmmaker and Jarman contemporary Terence Davies. He was
selected from a
six-strong shortlist which also included Adam
Chodzko, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka
Zimmerman. For the first
time in the history of the Award, all members of the
shortlist will receive broadcast commissions for Channel 4’s Random
The Jury said of the winner: “Seamus Harahan was
selected for this year’s Jarman Award thanks to his amazing eye and his
both of which come to the fore in his vignettes of
urban life. Elegantly and effectively scored and crafted with a
simplicity of means, he
makes profoundly beautiful and deeply engaging films
that push the boundaries of art and documentary. His work is moving and
making him winner of this year’s Jarman Award.”
Cinematographer Noski Deville was also announced as
winner of the inaugural Jules Wright Prize for Female Creative
Technician, presented in
partnership with The Wapping Project. Deville, who
has worked with the likes of Steve McQueen, Isaac Julien and Jarman
nominee Alia Syed,
was praised for the impact she has made on the field
of cinematography and the breadth of her work.
Seamus Harahan’s video, installation, film and sound based practice engages directly with place. His starting point is not the making of art; instead his strategy is to forget and just film the social and cultural environment around him.
Harahan uses his video camera to take hand-held, seemingly amateur footage, the contents of this footage, locating himself and locating others, through found activity occurring around him. The main subject is often the urban environment, its incidental detail and fugitive nature.
Music is a vital element in all of Harahan’s works, with songs used as soundtracks or informing the composition, title or duration of individual pieces. The artist takes songs from an eclectic range of sources, including reggae and hip hop as well as English and Irish traditional music.