The Sheffield Doc/Fest Awards Ceremony is the Festival’s core means of celebrating the best documentary films and interactive projects being produced in the world today. Award categories offer a range of criteria to recognise the strength of films in the programme, from new talent to environmental documentary; from innovation in storytelling to the Grand Jury Award. This year we commissioned an artist, from open call submissions, to create a physical award that honours the Festival’s passion for these films and projects – something that filmmakers will be proud to accept. We wanted an artist to produce an award that represents the great sense of local pride of the Festival & something regionally produced with a sense of the city. 

We are proud to announce our winner Harrison Moore.

"The Steel Core" was created for Doc/Fest by the Sheffield-based artist. A solid baton of Sheffield stainless steel has been etched using Stephenson typeface, an enhanced version of a design by Sheffield company Stephenson & Blake Co. Typefounders, est. 1818.

The Steel Core aims to evoke Sheffield's rich history in an object that is original, simple, beautiful and recognisable. Its proud form, steely surface and generous weight are a nod to the spirit of those whose hard work was crucial to the growth and influence of the city of Sheffield.

Harrison has said, "Making an award good enough for Doc/Fest and for my hometown of Sheffield was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. I am very proud to have been given such an opportunity. I hope they help make their winners proud. And as the awards find new homes in other parts of the world, I hope they stimulate conversation about Sheffield, its vibrant culture and the people who make it so."

Harrison Moore is an artist based in Sheffield and London. He is currently undertaking an MA in Contemporary Art Practice at the Royal College of Art. You can contact Harrison and view his work at www.harrisonmooreartist.com