Previously hosted by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia the awards and the exhibition have been moved to the nation’s capital in a bid to provide a greater domestic and international platform for promoting the chosen artists.
The Sobey Art Award is worth $50,000 and is for artists under the age of 40. Over the past dozen years of its existence has generally been seen as helping launch the careers of both the winners and the artists who make the short list. Short list artists have worked in installation, video, sound, painting, sculpture, music, dance and land-based art. The nominees include Jeremy Shaw, representing the West Coast & Yukon, Brenda Draney, representing the Prairies & North, Charles Stankievech, representing Ontario, Hajra Waheed representing Quebec and William Robinson representing Atlantic Canada.