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Sobey Art Award 2013 Exhibition

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Sobey Art Award 2013 Exhibition

September 6, 2013 - HALIFAX, NS – The Sobey Art Award 2013 exhibition opens at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) in Halifax on September 14, 2013, featuring work by the five shortlisted artists: Isabelle Pauwels, Mark Clintberg, Duane Linklater, Pascal Grandmaison and Tamara Henderson. The winner of the award will be announced at a gala ceremony at the AGNS on the evening of Wednesday, October 9th.

The shortlisted artists for the Sobey Art Award 2013 are:

• West Coast and Yukon - Isabelle Pauwels
Pauwels’ blend of performance and documentary realism highlights the fraught relationship between narrative conventions and everyday social interaction. The exhibition will feature her most recent video work, LIKE…/ AND, LIKE/ YOU KNOW/ TOTALLY/ RIGHT.

• Prairies and the North – Mark Clintberg
Clintberg’s multifaceted practice includes a variety of mediums, such as: text, sculpture, audio, textiles, drawing, prints, performance, intervention and installation. He will present a new work, Not the one but there is no one else, comprised of a hand-woven fishing net and a series of take-away posters.

• Ontario – Duane Linklater
Linklater produces a range of work including video and film installation, performance, and sculptural objects. For the exhibition, he will unveil the complete five-piece neon-light series, Tautology.

• Québec - Pascal Grandmaison
The contrast between dark and light, negative and positive is a running theme in Grandmaison’s practice; his diverse subjects range from pensive portrait images to deep meditations on the legacies of modernist architecture. He will premiere La main du rêve, a video installation of reversed and slowed footage of un-natural destruction in a natural environment.

• Atlantic – Tamara Henderson
Henderson works within the realm of the surreal. By transcribing her dreams, she is able to construct an illogical, cryptographic language that, for this exhibition, becomes manifested into a series of blown-glass vessels, a chair named Sloopy, and a new 16mm film Accent Grave on Ananas.

Sarah Fillmore, Curator of the 2013 Sobey Art Award says:

“We are so pleased that the Sobey Art Award is back in Halifax at the AGNS where our audiences will get a taste of this country's brightest artists. The Award and exhibition offers a chance to engage in a national conversation about art, explore diverse art practices, and see works by these five artists who have been selected to represent their respective regions."

The winner of the 2013 Sobey Art Award will be decided by an independent Curatorial Panel whose members are:

• Mireille Eagan, Curator of Canadian Art, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery;
• Marie-Claude Landry, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée d’art de Joliette;
• Melissa Bennett, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton;
• Jesse McKee, Curator, Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre;
• Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery.

The Sobey Art Award is the pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian art. Established in 2002, the Sobey Art Award celebrates new advances in contemporary art with the intention of inspiring public interest and shining a spotlight on the best of this country’s young artists. A total of $70,000 is awarded each year to Canadian artists aged 40 or under. The prize fund of $50,000 is awarded to the winner, with $5,000 being awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists.

Previous winners include: Raphaëlle de Groot, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, Daniel Barrow, David Altmejd, Tim Lee, Michel de Broin, Annie Pootoogook, Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Brian Jungen.

The Sobey Art Award is administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on behalf of the Sobey Art Foundation. The annual Award is sponsored by the Sobey Art Foundation, art transportation sponsor, Total Transportation Solutions Inc., and hotel sponsor, The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites.

A fully-illustrated catalogue will accompany the 2013 shortlist exhibition.

For images regarding 2013 Sobey Art Award go to: www.sobeyartaward.ca

Dates
Open to Public
: Saturday September 14, 2013 to Sunday January 5, 2014.
Free Preview Weekend: Saturday September 14 & Sunday September 15. A free preview weekend for the public featuring the Sobey Art Award exhibition before regular admission is re-instated on Monday September 16th.
Hours to November 3rd: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Thursday 10:00am –9:00pm (Thurs 5:00pm - 9:00pm is BMO Free Access Thursday), and Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00pm.
School Groups: To book a free Canaccord School Tour, please call Laura Carmichael, Assistant Curator of Education at 902-424-6314, gov.ns.ca
Public Programming: Curator in Conversation: Thursday October 3 at 7:00pm; Public Artist Talk with Duane Linklater (Ontario) in connection to his video work: Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00pm. Sobey inspired Family Sunday: Sunday October 27 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Admission is $12 full price; $10 senior; $7 student; Youth $5; AGNS Members and children under 5 free. Admission is free every Thursday 5-9pm courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

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Media Contact: Donna Wellard | Marketing and Communications | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
902.424.2903 | Cell 902.483.2019 | gov.ns.ca or

Leslie Tinkham | Director of Development | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
902.424.0073 | gov.ns.ca

About the 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 aged 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. A total of $70,000 in prize money is awarded annually; $50,000 to the winner and $5,000 to the other four finalists. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and its accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. For information visit: www.sobeyartaward.ca

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca