Sobey Art Award 2023
Sobey Art Award 2023

2023 Sobey Art Award Exhibition

In collaboration with the Sobey Art Foundation, the National Gallery of Canada is proud to present works by five artists from across the country who have been shortlisted for the 2023 Sobey Art Award.

The award recognizes some of Canada’s most outstanding artists, as selected by a jury of museum and art professionals. Rooted in lived experience, the artworks reflect the finalists’ diverse backgrounds and unique ways of seeing, thinking and being in the world. 

Michèle Pearson Clarke’s installation presents the discomfort of inexperienced singers, pointing to the deeper lived anxieties felt by queer masculine women as they navigate socio-political landscapes. Séamus Gallagher casts a queer, non-binary lens on identities and habitations, fabricating and layering multiple realities through virtual and actual collage techniques. Métis artist Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill works across multiple media to draw out the political, historical and deeply personal contexts of everyday materials such as tobacco, blackberry juice and hair. Kablusiak explores dis/connections relating to Inuit Nunangat (homeland); the impacts of colonization on gender and the expression of sexuality; humour; and everyday life. Anahita Norouzi travels between Iran and Canada to research colonialism’s destructive legacies in Southwest Asia, and the impact of displacement – human and “other” – that results from cultural and resource exploitation.  

A special complimentary publication on the five finalists will be available to all on-site visitors.

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation. 


Friday, October 13, 2023 Sunday, March 3, 2024


National Gallery of Canada Upper Contemporary Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4



2023 Sobey Art Award – Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill

Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill
West Coast & Yukon


2023 Sobey Art Award – Kablusiak

Prairies & North


2023 Sobey Art Award – Michèle Pearson Clarke

Michèle Pearson Clarke


2023 Sobey Art Award – Anahita Norouzi

Anahita Norouzi


2023 Sobey Art Award – Séamus Gallagher

Séamus Gallagher



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