As a printmaker, Sean Harris’ work has exhibited widely in the UK, including at the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and in two solo touring exhibitions originated by Ruthin Craft Centre (Wales premiere venue for the applied arts). He has won numerous prizes and awards including two prestigious Creative Wales Awards from the Arts Council of Wales, the first of which enabled early experiments in animation. Since moving into the field of film making, he has collaborated extensively with communities and major cultural institutions including the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institution. His films have been screened internationally and his print work is in numerous private and public collections including the National Library of Wales. He lives with his family in Llangynog, which is in the middle of nowhere in Powys, Wales.
Sean Harris started cutting up his collagraph prints and animating the bits in 2005 in the course of making an experimental animated short Hela’r Twrch Trwyth (Which is Welsh for Hunting the Twrch Trwyth!). As well as making little pieces of paper move, he managed to persuade the National Museum’s of Ireland, Scotland and Wales that the prehistoric objects in the collections could jump, spin and bob alongside them. Here he describes his journey from printmaking into animation and tells of some of the places it has taken him.