2022 Sobey Art Award Exhibition at National Gallery of Canada

On the image above, from left to right for each row are the five visual artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award: Tyshan Wright (Atlantic), Krystle Silverfox (West Coast & Yukon), Azza El Siddique (Ontario), Divya Mehra (Prairies & North), and Stanley Février (Quebec).

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Five artistic visions propel prestigious Sobey Art Award exhibition

On view from October 28, 2022, to March 12, 2023

OTTAWA, October 31, 2022—Five visual artists shortlisted for Canada’s most prestigious art award present new and thought-provoking contemporary works to the public at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) for the Sobey Art Award exhibition, on view until March 12, 2023.

The 2022 Sobey Art Award exhibition invites audiences to experience a range of artworks, spanning multiple artistic mediums, including photography, sculpture, performance, painting, and video installations. This year’s shortlisted Sobey Art Award finalists are Krystle Silverfox, (West Coast and Yukon), Divya Mehra (Prairies and North), Azza El Siddique (Ontario), Stanley Février (Quebec), and Tyshan Wright (Atlantic).

“These five powerful artistic voices hail from every region in Canada, and their works, practices, and artistic visions show the strength and impact of contemporary art on Canadian society,” said Angela Cassie, Interim Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada. “We are thrilled to partner with the Sobey Art Foundation on this Award and Exhibition and invite communities into the gallery to view these dynamic works, and help celebrate these phenomenal artists.”

“The Board of the Sobey Art Foundation congratulates these five inspiring artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award,” said Bernard Doucet, Executive Director, The Sobey Art Foundation. “For over 20 years the Sobey Art Foundation has been proud to observe the practices of Canadian visual artists through this award, and we are excited to celebrate their exceptional work at the National Gallery of Canada.”

“The bold artistic visions of the five finalists begin from particularities of time and place to engage in pertinent global conversations,” said Jonathan Shaughnessy, Director of Curatorial Initiatives, National Gallery of Canada, and Chair of the 2022 Sobey Art Award Jury. “Their works intertwine various media, materials and perspectives in distinctive ways to reflect on past realities and imagine possible futures.”

This exhibition is rooted in the lived experience of the shortlisted artists, and the work on display reflects their diverse backgrounds and unique ways of seeing, thinking and being in the world, expanding on what it means to be a “Canadian” artist working on Turtle Island. The multidisciplinary projects encompass a range of creative practices, from performance to activism, installation, sculpture, photography and institutional critique.

Stanley Février employs strategies of institutional critique to bring an end to the art worlds exclusionary institutional practices. Azza El Siddique constructs a multidisciplinary environment that encourages reflection on the ephemeral nature of physical and spiritual experience. In her sculpture and photography, Krystle Silverfox explores Indigenous feminism, decolonization and connections to the land. With his traditional craft and contemporary art practice, Tyshan Wright connects past and present narratives of Jamaican Maroon experience in diaspora. Through research and contemporary art, Divya Mehra exposes racism, cultural theft and colonial entitlement in museum collections, calling for meaningful restitution of stolen cultural artifacts.

The five artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award are:

West Coast & Yukon: Krystle Silverfox
Prairies & North: Divya Mehra
Ontario: Azza El Siddique
Quebec: Stanley Février
Atlantic: Tyshan Wright

About the Sobey Art Award

Globally recognized as one of the world’s most generous privately funded prizes for contemporary visual artists, the Sobey Art Award is a catalyst that propels the careers of 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.

Presented annually, the Sobey Art Award provides significant financial recognition and the $400,000 prize money is divided among the 25 nominated artists: $100,000 for the winner, $25,000 for the four shortlisted finalists, and $10,000 each for the long-listed artists.

A jury of experienced curators, including an international juror, select 25 artists from the submitted nominations—five from each designated region of Canada—for the long list. One artist from each region is then selected by the jury for the shortlist.

The winner of the 2022 Sobey Art Award will be announced at a celebration hosted at the National Gallery of Canada on November 16, 2022. The exhibition is presented with the support of the Sobey Art Foundation.

About the National Gallery of Canada
Ankosé — Everything is Connected — Tout est relié

The National Gallery of Canada is dedicated to amplifying voices through art and extending the reach and breadth of its collection, exhibitions program, and public activities to represent all Canadians, while centering Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Ankosé—an Anishinaabemowin word that means Everything is Connected—reflects the Gallery’s mission to create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds, and allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, one another, and our diverse histories, through the visual arts. The NGC is home to a rich contemporary Indigenous international art collection, as well as important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European Art from the 14th to 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for more than a century. To find out more about the Gallery’s programming and activities visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. #Ankose #EverythingIsConnected #ToutEstRelié.

About the Sobey Art Foundation

The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with the mandate to carry on the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, who was a dedicated collector of investment quality Canadian art. The Sobey Art Foundation continues the work begun by Frank Sobey, preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. The Sobey Art Award, started by the Foundation, ran in 2002, 2004, 2006 before becoming annual in 2007.


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