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OTTAWA, Wednesday, May 5, 2021 — The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada are thrilled to announce the twenty-five artists longlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Award. Globally recognized as one of the world’s most generous privately funded prize for contemporary visual artists, the Award celebrates the careers of emerging Canadian artists of all ages through financial support, an exhibition highlighting the practices of the five shortlisted artists, as well as national and international recognition. 

“On behalf of the Sobey Art Foundation, I want to congratulate all twenty-five longlisted artists for the 2021 Sobey Art Award. This year, the longlist prize has been increased to $10,000 per artist—so that they receive meaningful financial support to sustain their practices—while raising the overall prize-value of the award to $400,000.” said Rob Sobey, Chair, Sobey Art Foundation. “The unprecedented number of first-time longlisted artists resonates loudly with the Sobey Art Foundation’s commitment to amplifying new voices. I am pleased to see such an exciting array of emerging artists. Thank you to the Jury; their process has been thoughtful and their optimism for the future is palpable in the longlist. We look forward to celebrating these exceptional artists and contemporary art for all that it contributes to society.”

"The Sobey Art Award celebrates the importance of contemporary art in daily life.” said Sasha Suda, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. “In my first year as Chair of the Jury, I’m thrilled that the Sobey Art Award received a record number of nominations with many from outside of the large urban centres that we often associate with the art world. I couldn’t be more proud of the conversation at the jury table and the hard work that each juror has contributed. Most of all, it has been an extraordinary privilege to learn about the amazing art being made from coast-to-coast-to-coast.”

The 25 emerging visual artists longlisted for the 2021 Sobey Art Award, from across the five regions of Canada are: 


  • Carrie Allison
  • Rémi Belliveau
  • Glenn Gear
  • Meagan Musseau
  • Lou Sheppard


  • Guillaume Adjutor Provost
  • Lorna Bauer
  • Dayna Danger
  • Sheena Hoszko
  • Walter Scott


  • Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, and Ryan Ferko
  • Jawa El Khash
  • Tanya Lukin Linklater
  • Esmaa Mohamoud
  • Rajni Perera

Prairies and North

  • Alana Bartol
  • Maureen Gruben
  • Andrea Oliver Roberts
  • Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory
  • Nic Wilson

West Coast and Yukon

  • Gabi Dao
  • Sharona Franklin
  • Julian Yi-Zhong Hou
  • Emily Neufeld
  • Anne Riley and T’uy’t'annat-Cease Wyss


The 2021 award structure is as follows:

  • $100,000 to the overall winner
  • $25,000 to each of the four other shortlisted finalists
  • $10,000 to each of the 20 longlisted finalists

The five shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada during the fall of 2021. An independent jury consisting of curators from five regions (Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and the North, and the West Coast and Yukon), as well as two international jurors, oversaw the longlist selection process and will continue to participate for the remaining deliberation rounds.

Now in its twentieth year, the Sobey Art Award is jointly administered by the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada. Awarded annually, the award shines a spotlight on many of the most exciting emerging artists in the country. The 2021 Sobey Art Award overall winner will be announced in the fall of 2021. For more information, including biographies of the 2021 longlisted artists, please visit the National Gallery of Canada link here:  https://www.gallery.ca/whats-on/sobey-art-award



For media inquiries, please contact:


Josée-Britanie Mallet                                        Denise Siele
Senior Officer, Media and Public Relations      Senior Manager, Communications
National Gallery of Canada                              National Gallery of Canada
bmallet@gallery.ca                                           dsiele@gallery.ca


Bernard Doucet
Executive Director
The Sobey Art Foundation