HALIFAX, Jan. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The annual total prize value for the
Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent contemporary art award, has been
increased to $100,000.
In addition to the $50,000 prize awarded to the winner of the Sobey Art
Award, additional funding will increase the award to each of the four
remaining short-listed artists to $10,000 (previously $5,000) and to
introduce a $500 award to each of the remaining 20 long-listed artists.
"The Sobey Art Award was created to foster the careers of young Canadian
visual artists and as such the Trustees of the Sobey Art Foundation
felt it appropriate to use the funds available to give a boost to all
of the long listed artists in this process," said Rob Sobey, Chair of
the Sobey Art Foundation. "Support for young Canadian artists has been
the vision of the Sobey Art Award since its inception in 2002 and we
felt this was the best way to enhance that mission."
The Award is presented annually to a Canadian artist age 40 or under who
has exhibited work in a public or commercial art gallery within 18
months of being nominated. The 2014 Sobey Art Award will accept
nominations from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.
Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and
Curator of the Sobey Art Award said: "Curators, artists, gallerists,
critics - we call on you to bring forward those names you feel most
passionately should be on everyone's lips."
For more information, visit: www.sobeyartaward.ca
SOURCE: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
For further information:
c/o Sobey Art Foundation
(902) 752-8371 ext 2301
Nicole Watkins Campbell
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia