June 12, 2019 - National Gallery of Canada - 2019 Sobey Art Award shortlist revealed
June 12, 2019

National Gallery of Canada

2019 Sobey Art Award.

2019 Sobey Art Award shortlist revealed

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The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Sobey Art Award. As one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art prizes, the Sobey Art Award is presented annually to a Canadian visual artist age 40 and under. 

“The Sobey Art Award helps to keep the National Gallery of Canada current within the dynamic landscape of contemporary art in Canada. It offers invaluable opportunities to exchange ideas between curators and artists across the country, and the chance to learn about a myriad of different artistic practices,” notes Dr. Sasha Suda, CEO and Director of the National Gallery of Canada. “It’s an initiative that supports and promotes Canada’s talent at home and abroad, which is core to our mission and mandate as the Nation’s Gallery."

The Sobey Art Award distributes 240,000 CAD in prize money to 25 artists, including a top prize of 100,000 CAD. Each of the four finalists will receive 25,000 CAD, and the other longlisted artists will receive 2,000 CAD each. In addition to monetary awards, three artists from the longlist will be selected by the jury to take part in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program, while one shortlisted artist will be selected by Fogo Island Arts to attend an annual residency on Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

An exhibition of works by the five shortlisted artists will be presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta from October 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The grand prize winner of the 2019 Sobey Art Award will be announced at a gala hosted by the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 15, 2019. The recipients of the international residencies will be revealed on September 18, 2019, while the Fogo Island Arts residency winner will be announced in the weeks following the gala.

The five shortlisted artists are:

From the Atlantic region: D’Arcy Wilson

From Québec: Nicolas Grenier

From Ontario: Stephanie Comilang

From the Prairies and the North: Kablusiak

From the West Coast and the Yukon: Anne Low

The shortlisted artists were selected from a longlist of 25 nominees by an international jury. "Firstly I would like to thank the jury for the engagement and thoughtfulness they brought, which contributed to an enlightened discussion. I also want to acknowledge the commitment of the nominators, who offered exceptional and surprising submissions for the Sobey Art Award this year. The 2019 shortlist echoes the jury’s excitement about younger practices in all regions of the country and will bring new awareness to the inventive work of these five artists'.” said Josée Drouin-Brisebois, National Gallery of Canada’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art and Chair of the 2019 Jury. “We are looking forward to experiencing their work at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton this fall.”

Further information about the 2019 nominees and jurors can be found at gallery.ca/sobey, and by following @prixsobeyaward.

About the shortlisted artists

Stephanie Comilang (Ontario)
Artist Stephanie Comilang divides her practice between Toronto and Berlin. Her documentary-based works create narratives that look at how our understandings of mobility, wealth and labour on a global scale are shaped through various cultural and social factors. Her work has been shown at the Ghost:2561 Bangkok video and performance art triennale, SALTS Basel, UCLA, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Asia Art Archive (New York City). She received her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Nicolas Grenier (Québec)
Nicolas Grenier, who lives and works in Montreal and Los Angeles, has a BFA from Concordia University (Montreal), an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (Santa Clarita), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine). His interest lies in the distorted connections between the many systems we inhabit—political, economic, cultural and social—and the principles or absence of principles at the root of these systems. His work has been exhibited at the Power Plant (Toronto), Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Gagosian (Athens), and Union Gallery (London, UK).

Kablusiak (Prairies and the North)
Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Mohkinstsis (Calgary), and a board member of Stride Gallery (Mohkinstsis). Awards include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize and Kablusiak has recently exhibited work at Art Mûr (Montreal) and at the Athens School of Fine Arts in Greece, as part of the Platforms Project. Kablusiak uses art and humour to address cultural displacement. The lighthearted nature of the artist’s practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity; these interests invite reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary indigeneity.

Anne Low (West Coast & Yukon)
Anne Low uses sculpture, installation, textiles and printmaking to investigate how everyday objects can detach themselves from their historical context and speak to contemporary subjects such as the domestic and the decorative. Recent solo exhibitions include Chair for a woman (Vancouver), Paperstainer (Toronto), and A wall as a table with candlestick legs (Stockholm). Her collaboration with Evan Calder Williams—The Fine Line of Deviation—has been exhibited at Forum Expanded (Berlin), Mercer Union (Toronto), and ISSUE Project Room (New York City).

D’Arcy Wilson (Atlantic)
D’Arcy Wilson’s art laments past and ongoing colonial interactions with the natural world from her perspective as a descendent of European settlers in Canada. Her interdisciplinary work has been presented across the country, most recently at the Dalhousie University Art Gallery (Halifax), Beaverbrook Art Gallery (Fredericton) and Owens Art Gallery (Sackville). She is currently based in Corner Brook, where she is Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts Program on Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus.

More information
Sobey Art Award process

2019 Sobey Art Award Jury

Sobey Art Award

Sobey Art Foundation

National Gallery of Canada  

Art Gallery of Alberta

For all media enquiries, please contact: 

Sobey Art Foundation
Bernard Doucet
T +1 902 752 8371 ext. 2301 / C +1 902 921 1755 / bernard.doucet [​at​] sobeys.com

National Gallery of Canada
Genevève Menard, Manager, Media Relations
T +1 613 990 1654 / gmenard [​at​] gallery.ca

Rebecca Chuang, Pickles PR
T +33 7 83 73 39 37 / rebecca [​at​] picklespr.com

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