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Haroon Mirza wins Northern Art Prize

21st January 2011

Sheffield-based artist Haroon Mirza has been named as the winner of the GBP 16,500 Northern Art Prize 2010.

The 33-year-old's installations make use of everyday items, such as outmoded musical equipment, lamps and television sets, or found furniture to create pieces with both visual and audible impact.

'Mirza seeks to isolate the moments where noise is perceived as sound and sound is perceived as music by exploring the distinctions between hearing and listening,' the award's organisers explained.

In the award's exhibition, the artist showed his Anthemoessa piece, which is a combination of three works, Birds of Pray (2010), SOS (2010) and Adhan (2009), and was inspired by the island of the same name where the Sirens were said to have lived in Greek mythology.

The Northern Art Prize, which was founded four years ago to highlight the talent of contemporary artists in the north of England, also featured painter Lubaina Himid, muralist David Jacques and artist, poet and publisher Alec Finlay on its 2010 shortlist.

Last year, the 2009 prize was won by Czech born artist Pavel Buchler, whose work centres on manipulating found materials such as objects, photographs, texts and audio recordings.
 

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