Five visual artists shortlisted for Canada’s most prestigious fine art prize present thought-provoking new contemporary works to the public at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) beginning October 28, 2022, for the Sobey Art Award exhibition, on view until March 12, 2023. The five artists will be at the NGC this Saturday, October 29 to meet visitors in the exhibition space from 3-5 p.m. ET, as part of the Gallery’s Open House. Admission will be free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
The 2022 Sobey Art Award invites the public to experience a range of artworks, spanning several artistic mediums, including photography, sculpture, performance, painting and video installations. This year’s finalists Sobey Art Award the finalists are Krystle Silver Fox(west coast and Yukon), Divya Mehra (Prairies and North), Azza El Siddique (Ontario), Stanley February (Quebec), and Tyshan Wright (Atlantic).
“These five powerful artistic voices come from all regions of Canada, and their artistic works, practices and visions show the strength and impact of contemporary art on Canadian society,” said Angela Cassie, Acting Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with the Sobey Art Foundation for this award and exhibition and to invite communities into the gallery to view these dynamic works and help celebrate these phenomenal artists.”
“The Sobey Art Foundation Board of Directors congratulates these five inspiring artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award,” said Bernard Doucet, Executive Director, The Sobey Art Foundation. “For more than 20 years, the Sobey Art Foundation has been proud to observe the practices of Canadian visual artists through this award, and we are delighted to celebrate their exceptional work at the National Gallery of Canada.
“The bold artistic visions of the five finalists depart from particularities of time and place to engage in relevant global conversations,” said Jonathan Shaughnessy, Director of Curatorial Initiatives, National Gallery of Canada and Chair of the 2022 Sobey Art Prize Jury. “Their works blend diverse media, materials and perspectives in distinct ways to reflect on past realities and imagine possible futures.”
This exhibition is rooted in the lived experience of the shortlisted artists, and the works on display reflect their diverse backgrounds and unique ways of seeing, thinking and being in the world, expanding on what it means to be a “Canadian” artist working on Turtle. Island. Multidisciplinary projects encompass a range of creative practices, from performance to activism, installation, sculpture, photography and institutional criticism.
The five artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award are
West Coast and Yukon: Krystle Silver Fox
Prairies and North: Divya Mehra
Ontario: Azza El Siddique
Quebec: Stanley February
Atlantic: Tyshan Wright
About the Sobey Art Award
Globally recognized as one of the world’s most generous private prizes for contemporary visual artists, the Sobey Art Award is a catalyst that propels the careers of Canadian artists of all ages through financial support, an exhibition showcasing the practices of the five shortlisted artists, and national and international recognition.
Presented each year, the Sobey Art Award offers significant financial recognition and the CAD 400,000 prize is split among the 25 nominated artists: 100,000 for the winner, 25,000 for the four shortlisted finalists and 10,000 each for the shortlisted artists.
A jury of experienced curators, including an international juror, selects 25 artists from the submitted nominations – five from each designated region of Canada – for the long list. One artist from each region is then selected by the jury for the shortlist.
The winner of 2022 Sobey Art Award will be announced at a celebration at the National Gallery of Canada on November 16, 2022. The exhibition is presented with the support of the Sobey Art Foundation.
About the National Gallery of Canada
Ankosé—Everything is connected—Everything is connected
The National Gallery of Canada is dedicated to amplifying voices through art and expanding the reach and breadth of its collection, exhibition program and public activities to represent all Canadians, all centering Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Ankose—an Anishinaabemowin word meaning Everything is connected— reflects the Gallery’s mission to create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds and enable new ways of seeing ourselves, each other and our diverse histories, through the visual arts. The NGC houses a rich international collection of contemporary Indigenous art, as well as important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European art from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for over a century. To learn more about the Museum’s programming and activities, visit galerie.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. #Ankose #EverythingIsRelated #EverythingIsRelated.
About the Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to continue the work of the late entrepreneur and business leader, Frank H. Sobey, who was a dedicated collector of fine Canadian art. The Sobey Art Foundation continues the work begun by Frank Sobey in preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. The Sobey Art Award, launched by the Foundation, took place in 2002, 2004, 2006 before becoming annual in 2007.
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