Nominations for the 2018 Sobey Art Award are now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. See who made this year’s shortlist.
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 2018 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 five short-listed artists will be presented at the National Gallery of Canada from October 3, 2018 to February 10, 2019. The winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award will be revealed during a gala event at the Gallery on November 14, 2018.
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In addition, three nominees from the long-list will take part in national and international art residencies funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and the Donald R Sobey Foundation.
One of the 25 artists long-listed for the Sobey Art Award will annually be awarded a residency on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, as part of Fogo Island Arts’ international residency program. Two international residencies will also be added to the program being designed by the National Gallery of Canada with the mandate to expand international opportunities and exposure for Canadian artists. This is the first year the Sobey International Residencies’ program is being offered.