The 2015 Jarman Award was presented to Belfast-based artist Seamus Harahan.
Harahan was selected from a six-strong shortlist which also included Adam Chodzko, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
In 2015 the Jules Wright Prize was introduced to the Award, focussed on female creative technicians working in the field of cinematography. In 2015 the Jules Wright Prize was awarded to cinematographer Noski Deville in recognition of the tremendous impact she has made on the field of cinematography, the breadth of her work and the range of artist filmmakers she has worked alongside. Shortlisted nominees were Taina Galis, Suzie Lavelle and Margaret Salmon.
About Seamus Harahan
Born in London in 1968, Seamus Harahan grew up in London and later East Tyrone. The urban environment of his native Northern Ireland often forms the central focus for Harahan’s work, as he distils its incidental and fugitive nature, capturing low-fi footage from which he crafts films that are disarmingly simple, and suggest an absent-minded gaze alighting on moments of humanity.
Filmed on inexpensive, hand-held equipment, Harahan’s acutely observed and poignant videos of Belfast street-life blur the lines between observational footage and experimental art. Music, from hip-hop to folk, is an integral component to the work, which Harahan describes as sitting somewhere between documentary and music video.
Harahan’s work is held in national and international collections and he represented Northern Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Belfast.
The 2015 Award presented a more focussed shortlist of six artist filmmakers, encompassing the breadth of practice within contemporary artists' moving image. For the first time, the selected artists represented all corners of the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The shortlisted artists were:
- Adam Chodzko
- Seamus Harahan
- Gail Pickering
- Alia Syed
- Bedwyr Williams
- Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Meet the Shortlist
Watch short interviews with each of the 2015 shortlist about their practice, Derek Jarman, what it means to be nominated for the award and much more:
The selection Jury comprised:
- Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery
- Andrea Lissoni, Film and International Art Curator, Tate Modern and Film London Board Member
- Pegah Farahmand, Editor, Random Acts, Channel 4
- Stephen Sutcliffe, Artist
- Maria Palacios Cruz, Deputy Director, LUX
- Sol Papadopoulos, Producer, Hurricane Films