Sobey Art Award long list revealed

A long list of 25 artists from five regions of Canada will be considered for the 2018 Sobey Art Award. 

The winner of the award, which goes to an emerging Canadian artist, will receive $100,000 from the Sobey Art Foundation. Four other shortlisted artists will get $25,000 each. The other 20 long-listed artists get $2,000 each. In addition, for the first time, three nominees from the long list will take part in national and international art residencies funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and the Donald R. Sobey Foundation.

The short list will be announced May 29 and the winner will be announced at the National Gallery of Canada Nov. 14. The work of the five finalists will be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery from Oct. 3 to Feb. 10, 2019. Past winners include Jeremy Shaw, Brian Jungen, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Annie Pootoogook, Michel de Broin, Tim Lee, David Altmejd, Daniel Barrow, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, Raphaëlle de Groot, Duane Linklater, Nadia Myre, and Abbas Akhavan. The 2017 winner was Ursula Johnson.

Here is the 2018 long list by region:

West Coast and Yukon

Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed

Arvo Leo

Jeneen Frei Njootli

Krista Belle Stewart

Howie Tsui

Prairies and the North 

Joi T. Arcand

Hannah Doerksen

Przemek Pyszczek

Elif Saydam

Couzyn Van Heuvelen


Sameer Farooq

Maggie Groat

Kapwani Kiwanga

Life of a Craphead

Nep Sidhu


Adam Basanta

Sophie Bélair-Clément

Julie Favreau

Yann Pocreau

Jon Rafman


Jordan Bennett

Lisa Lipton

Jerry Ropson

Lou Sheppard

D’Arcy Wilson

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.