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Sobey Art Foundation revamps awards program so all 25 on longlist receive funding


The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada have made changes to the 2020 Sobey Art Award program because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sobey Art Award will cancel its usual process of selecting five artists from the 25 artists on its longlist and each will receive $25,000.

In addition to awarding each of the artists on the longlist, the organization will not hold its winner announcement gala or run its International Residencies Program.

“We are so proud to be able to celebrate the work of these 25 talented artists,” said Rob Sobey, Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation.

“These extraordinary, historic, and challenging circumstances will have a profound impact on the livelihoods and practices of artists across Canada and around the world. As we all adjust to the changes in our every-day lives, we recognize how artists and their art can bring us together. Our sincere wish is that this year’s longlist artists will utilize this additional support to continue to do so,” he added.

The Sobey Art Award is committed to returning to the juried annual award and the international residencies program as soon as public health guidelines permit.

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