Sobey Art Award 2013 Shortlist Announced


June 13, 2013 – HALIFAX, NS – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation today announced the five artists who have been shortlisted for the 2013 Sobey Art Award, the pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian Art.

The 2013 Short List

• West Coast and the Yukon: Isabelle Pauwels
• Prairies and the North: Mark Clintberg
• Ontario: Duane Linklater
• Quebec: Pascal Grandmaison
• Atlantic: Tamara Henderson

“The Curatorial Panel is pleased to announce the 2013 Sobey Art Award national shortlist. The excellent pool, from which 25 nominees emerged, reinforced our collective commitment to supporting Canadian contemporary art. The five selected artists were chosen due to their extraordinary and rigorous practice, which further engages an international contemporary art discourse. Each artist demonstrates a distinct style and approach to film making, video, performance, the public realm and collaboration, where spectral and imaginative concepts are contrasted with the tangible everyday environment.”

The Sobey Art Award has a prize value of $70,000 with $50,000 going to the winner and $5,000 awarded to each of the other finalists. The Sobey Art Award, established in 2002 is awarded to a Canadian artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial gallery within 18 months of being nominated. It was conceived to further the national conversation about contemporary art and is widely recognized as the pre-eminent award for contemporary art in Canada.

Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) opening on September 13, 2013. The winner will be announced at a Gala event at the AGNS on October 9, 2013.