Sobey Art Award

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The Sobey Art Award is Canada's largest prize for young Canadian artists.[1] It is named after Canadian businessperson and art collector Frank H. Sobey, who established The Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A jury consisting of an international juror and representatives of galleries from the West Coast and the Yukon, the Prairies and the North, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces creates a longlist of 25 artists, five from each region. The jury meets to select the winner and four other finalists, one from each region.[2] 2017 was the first year to see the shortlist dominated by women and also the first year that more than one Indigenous artist was shortlisted.[3]

Up to 2013, a total of $70,000 in prize money was awarded each time the prize was presented; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. In 2014 the total was increased to $100,000 with $50,000 to the winner and $12,500 to the other four finalists. In 2017, the money awarded to longlisted artists was increased from $500 to $1,000.[3] In 2018, the prize money increased once again, to a total of $240,000; $100,000 to the winner, $25,000 for each of the other four finalists, and $2,000 for each short-listed artist.[4]

The award was presented biennially until 2006 at which point it became an annual award. From its inception until 2015, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia organized and administered the Sobey Art Award and its accompanying exhibition. The National Gallery of Canada assumed responsibility for the award in 2016.[5]


Source: Sobey Art Award

Year Winner Region
2002 Brian Jungen West Coast and Yukon
2004 Jean-Pierre Gauthier Quebec
2006 Annie Pootoogook Prairies and the North
2007 Michel de Broin Quebec
2008 Tim Lee West Coast and Yukon
2009 David Altmejd Quebec
2010 Daniel Barrow Prairies and the North
2011 Daniel Young & Christian Giroux Ontario
2012 Raphaëlle de Groot Quebec
2013 Duane Linklater Ontario
2014 Nadia Myre Quebec
2015 Abbas Akhavan Ontario
2016 Jeremy Shaw West Coast and Yukon
2017 Ursula Johnson Atlantic

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  1. ^ "Is It Time to Rethink the Sobey Art Award's Age Limit?". Canadian Art. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ "About the Award". Sobey Art Award. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Women Dominate Sobey Art Award Shortlist for First Time Ever". Canadian Art. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  4. ^ "Sobey Art Award gets cash boost to $100K". CBC News. January 29, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  5. ^ Canadian Art. "Vancouver Artist Wins $50K Sobey Art Award". Canadian Art. Retrieved 8 June 2017.