Sobey Art Award

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The Sobey Art Award is Canada's largest prize for young Canadian artists. 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 under 40 who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. [1]

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.

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.[2]


Source: Sobey Art Award

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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About the Award". Sobey Art Award. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Canadian Art. "Vancouver Artist Wins $50K Sobey Art Award". Canadian Art. Retrieved 8 June 2017.