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Sobey Art Award
Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize opens up to emerging artists of all ages.
Established in 2002, the Sobey Art Award aims to promote new developments in contemporary Canadian art and provide opportunities for artists, bringing them national and international attention.
Recognized as one of the world’s most generous privately funded prizes for contemporary visual artists, the Sobey Art Award is now open to emerging Canadian artists of all ages.
This year, a total of $400,000 in prize money will be awarded: $100,000 to the overall winner, $25,000 to each of the four other shortlisted artists, and $10,000 to each of the remaining twenty longlisted artists. In addition, the five shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in the fall of 2021.
On behalf of the Sobey Art Foundation, I want to congratulate all twenty-five longlisted artists for the 2021 Sobey Art Award. This year, the longlist prize has been increased to $10,000 per artist—so that they receive meaningful financial support to sustain their practices—while raising the overall prize value of the award to $400,000.
This year's selection of five finalists of the Sobey Art Award reflects the dynamic landscape of contemporary art in Canada, encompassing work that addresses political, social and environmental concerns.