Nominations for the 2019 Sobey Art Award are now open!
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.
All nominations will be 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 longlist of nominees will be announced on April 16, followed by the release of the shortlist on June 12. An exhibition of works by the five shortlisted artists will be presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta from October 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The winner of the 2019 Sobey Art Award will be revealed during a gala event at the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 15, 2019.
This year, a total of $240,000 in prize money will be awarded: $100,000 to the overall winner, $25,000 to each of the four shortlisted artists, and $2,000 to each of the remaining twenty longlisted artists.
In addition, three artists from the longlist will take part in international art residencies funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and the Donald R Sobey Foundation. The residencies winners will be announced in September.
All application materials must be received at the National Gallery of Canada at/or before 6 pm EST on Friday, March 1, 2019.
The National Gallery of Canada accepts nominations for the 2019 Sobey Art Award from recognized agents, artists and institutions. The National Gallery of Canada will notify the sender by email upon receipt of nomination package.