Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick

Mardi 24 février 2015

APPEL: Sobey Art Award

Call for nominations open

Nomination deadline: February 27, 2015
Nominations open for the 2015 Sobey Art Award on Monday, February 2, 2015. A total prize value of 100,000 CAD, including the top award of 50,000 CAD, is given annually to Canadian artists age 40 and under who have exhibited professionally within the last 18 months.

The Award’s 2015 longlist will be announced in April 2015 and its shortlist will be announced in June. An exhibition of works by the five shortlisted artists will be showcased at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from September 26 to January 3, 2016. The winner of the 2015 Sobey Art Award will be announced in Halifax, during its gala event.

The 2015 curatorial advisory panel is made up of distinguished representatives from each of the five regions: the Atlantic Provinces, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon. They will review all nominations and determine the long- and shortlists as well as the winner of the Award.

The total remaining prize money is allocated among the 2015 participants, with 10,000 CAD to each of the shortlisted artists and 500 CAD to each of the remaining longlisted artists.

« Please send this call far and wide, » said Sobey Art Award Curator Sarah Fillmore. « This wonderful opportunity provides the chance to review the country’s artistic output through this specific lens. »

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 27, 2015.

For more information and nominations guidelines please visit

For more information please contact:

Sarah Fillmore, Curator, Sobey Art Award,
T + 1 902 424 5169 / F + 1 902 424 7359 /

Sobey Art Award
c/o Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
1723 Hollis Street, Box 2262
Halifax, NS B3J 3C8

About the Sobey Art Award process
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is responsible for accepting nominations for the 2015 Sobey Art Award, from recognized agents and institutions. A panel of curatorial advisors, consisting of a representative from a noted gallery in each of five regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies /North, and West Coast/Yukon), develops the shortlist for the award. The curatorial panel creates a list of five artists from each region; these are selected from the list of nominated artists, and based on their professional knowledge of their regions and of the national art scene. The curatorial panel then meets and chooses one representative from each region to be included on the national shortlist. The panel will choose the winner in October 2015.
In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the largest art award for a Canadian artist age 40 or under. Since its inception the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

About the Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, of collecting and preserving representative examples of 19th- and 20th-century Canadian art. One of the finest private collections of its kind, the Sobey Art Foundation has assembled exemplary examples from Canadian Masters like Cornelius Krieghoff, Tom Thomson and J.E.H. MacDonald. The collection is housed in an intimate setting at Crombie House, the former home of Frank Sobey and his wife Irene in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Tours are regularly scheduled throughout the summer months and by appointment year round.

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming.

Media contact:
Bernard Doucet, c/o Sobey Art Foundation
T + 1 902 752 8371 ext 2301 / C + 1 902 921 1755 /

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