Artist Haroon turns junk into £16,500 prize money

A SHEFFIELD artist who scours junk shops and eBay for items to use in his work has scooped a top prize – and with it a winner's cheque of £16,500.

Haroon Mirza's winning installation combined second-hand record players and radios with sound art, projection and a 19th century painting.

He took the Northern Art Prize at a ceremony in Leeds – the youngest person to win and the first from Yorkshire.

Mirza, 33, received the award from broadcaster, author and judge Mark Lawson in front of 700 guests.

Winning the prize was extra special for Mirza because last year he failed to make it to the final four after securing a place on the longlist of 23.

Mirza's installation, Anthemoessa, draws on Greek myth and used Edward Armitage's 1888 painting The Siren, taken from the permanent collection of Leeds Art Gallery, along with Islamic influences including the azaan, or the call to prayer, as part of the light, sound and image.

Mirza said: "The work asks questions about religious structure and its relationship to death."

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