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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 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 $10,000 is awarded to each of the remaining twenty long-listed artists.

Since its inception, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 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.