Seamus Harahan wins Jarman Award
Seamus Harahan, one of the two Artists in Focus at this year's Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, was this week announced as the winner of the Jarman Award 2015, the UK’s most prestigious accolade for artist filmmakers.
His new work, 'Fucking Finland Series' was a Festival Commission and exhibited this September in Berwick's magnificent Town Hall and Coxon's Tower.
The award was presented at London’s Whitechapel Gallery on Monday along with £10,000 and a commission for Channel 4’s short-form arts show, Random Acts.
The Jury said of the winner: 'Seamus Harahan was selected for this year's Jarman Award thanks to his amazing eye and his intuitiveness, 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 humorous, making him winner of this year's Jarman Award.'
Festival Director Peter Taylor said: 'I'm really thrilled and delighted that Seamus Harahan has won this year's Jarman Award. It’s testament to Seamus’s fantastic oeuvre of work and this will now be assured of receiving the attention it deserves. Berwickers can take a great deal of pride and pleasure then in helping Seamus along his way. Well done!"