The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, is an annual prize given to an artist aged 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.
All nominations are reviewed by the curatorial jury panel, chaired by the National Gallery of Canada’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Josée Drouin-Brisebois. The panel is composed of one distinguished representative from each of Canada’s five regions: the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon, and also includes one international juror. They review all nominations and establish the long and short lists as well as the winner of the award.
The award’s 2018 long list of nominees was announced on April 17, and the short list was revealed on May 29, 2018. An exhibition of works by the winner and four shortlisted artists is presented at the National Gallery of Canada from October 3, 2018 to February 10, 2019. The winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award was revealed during a gala event at the Gallery on November 14, 2018.
Effective in 2018 :
The annual top prize amount doubled from $50,000 to $100,000.
The four short-listed artists’ prizes increased from $10,000 to $25,000
The twenty long-listed artists’ prizes doubled to $2,000 annually.
In addition, three nominees from the long-list will take part in international art residencies funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and the Donald R Sobey Foundation. Learn more