Duane Linklater wins the 2013 Sobey Art Award


Duane Linklater wins the 2013 Sobey Art Award

October 9, 2013—HALIFAX, NS —The Curatorial Panel for the 2013 Sobey Art Award announced today that Duane Linklater of Ontario is the recipient of the $50,000 award.

The announcement was made this evening during a gala event held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax hosted by Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada.

The Award was presented to the winning artist by the 2012 Sobey winner, Raphaëlle de Groot.

Duane Linklater was chosen from a shortlist that included:

• Tamara Henderson;
• Pascal Grandmaison;
• Mark Clintberg;
• Isabelle Pauwels.

Each of these outstanding artists receives $5,000 in prize money from the Sobey Art Foundation.

In commenting on Linklater’s achievement, the Curatorial Panel said:

“We are delighted to announce Duane Linklater as the winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award. Linklater has the distinct ability to articulate new measurements for authorship and histories. His positive and generous approach to art-making creates space for collaboration and audience engagement. Linklater actively investigates the authority of language and pushes its boundaries. His practice simultaneously engages with wild, rural, urban, and digital realms, offering refreshing positions on contemporary life. This allows for new perspectives within Indigenous cultural production, yet it is Linklater’s broad relevance to contemporary national and international art that is of great value here.”

The 2013 Sobey Art Award Curatorial Panel consists of:

• Mireille Eagan, Curator of Canadian Art, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery;
• Marie-Claude Landry, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée d’art de Joliette;
• Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton;
• Jesse McKee, Curator, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre;
• Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery.

Since the inception of the Sobey Art Award in 2002, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has organized and administered both the Award and its accompanying exhibition. Every other year, the Award travels to a gallery or museum outside of Halifax.

The 2013 Sobey Art Award shortlist exhibition is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until January 5, 2014.