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Sobey Art Award

The Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art, was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation. It is an annual prize given to an artist age 40 or under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

In addition to the $100,000 prize awarded to the winner of the Sobey Art Award, each of the four short listed artists are awarded $25,000 and $2,000 is awarded to each of the remaining twenty long-listed artists.

Since its inception, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has organized and administered the Sobey Art Award and its accompanying exhibition. In 2016, the Sobey Art Foundation entered into a partnership with the National Gallery of Canada, which organizes and circulates the exhibition.