The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada have announced the 25 artists longlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Award.
The award, globally recognized as one of the world’s most generous privately funded prize for contemporary visual artists, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, which was chaired by the late Donald Sobey.
The annual prize given is for emerging artists of any age. Over $200,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $100,000 to the winner and $25,000 each to the shortlisted artists. According to Sobey Art Foundation Chair, Rob Sobey, the Award is intended “to stimulate interest, discussion and debate regarding contemporary Canadian art and to shine a spotlight on the creative minds across this country whose energies and passions are devoted to creating that art." Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. In 2016, the Sobey Art Foundation entered into a partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, which organizes and circulates the exhibition.
For details on the artists, visit the National Gallery of Canada online.