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Sobey Art Award exhibition opens at National Gallery of Canada

October 28, 2022–March 12, 2023

For the Sobey Art Prize show, which runs from October 28, 2022, through March 12, 2023, five visual artists who have been shortlisted for Canada’s most prestigious art award present brand-new, provocative contemporary works to the general public at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). 

Visitors to the 2022 Sobey Art Award exhibition are invited to view a variety of works that span a variety of artistic disciplines, including photography, sculpture, performance, painting, and video installations.This year’s shortlisted Sobey Art Award finalists are Krystle Silverfox, (West Coast and Yukon), Divya Mehra (Prairies and North), Azza El Siddique (Ontario), Stanley Février (Quebec), and Tyshan Wright (Atlantic).

The work on display is a reflection of the selected artists’ varied backgrounds and distinctive ways of seeing, thinking, and being in the world. This exhibition explores what it means to be a “Canadian” artist working on Turtle Island. The cross-disciplinary projects cover a variety of artistic disciplines, including activism, performance, installation, sculpture, photography, and institutional critique.

The five artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award are
West Coast & Yukon: Krystle Silverfox 
Prairies & North: Divya Mehra 
Ontario: Azza El Siddique 
Quebec: Stanley Février 
Atlantic: Tyshan Wright 

About the Sobey Art Award

The Sobey Art Award is a catalyst that advances the careers of Canadian artists of all ages through financial support, an exhibition showcasing the practices of the five shortlisted artists, as well as domestic and international recognition. It is widely regarded as one of the most generous privately funded awards for contemporary visual artists in the world.

The 400,000 CAD prize money for the Sobey Art Award, which is given annually, is distributed among the 25 nominees as follows: 100,000 for the winner, 25,000 for each of the four selected finalists, and 10,000 for each of the longlisted artists.

From the submitted nominations, a jury of seasoned curators—including an international juror—selects 25 artists for the longlist, five from each of Canada’s designated regions. The panel then chooses one artist for the shortlist from each region.

On November 16, 2022, a reception held at the National Gallery of Canada will reveal the recipient of the 2022 Sobey Art Award. The Sobey Art Foundation has contributed to the presentation of the exhibition.

About the National Gallery of Canada
Ankosé—Everything is Connected—Tout est relié
The National Gallery of Canada is dedicated to amplifying voices through art and extending the reach and breadth of its collection, exhibitions program, and public activities to represent all Canadians, while centering Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Ankosé—an Anishinaabemowin word that means Everything is Connected—reflects the Gallery’s mission to create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds, and allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, one another, and our diverse histories, through the visual arts. The NGC is home to a rich contemporary Indigenous international art collection, as well as important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European Art from the 14th to 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for more than a century.

About the Sobey Art Foundation

The mission of the Sobey Art Foundation, which was founded in 1981, was to continue the work of the late Frank H. Sobey, a successful businessman and devoted collector of Canadian works of art of high investment grade. Frank Sobey started the task of preserving representative works of Canadian art from the 19th and 20th centuries, which is carried on by the Sobey Art Foundation. The Foundation established the Sobey Art Award, which ran in 2002, 2004, and 2006 before becoming yearly in 2007.

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