AMID COVID-19, SOBEY ART FOUNDATION GIVES MONEY TO 25 ARTISTS RATHER THAN ONE WINNER

Twenty-five Canadian artists are being awarded $25,000 each after the National Gallery of Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation

TORONTO — Twenty-five Canadian artists are being awarded $25,000 each after the National Gallery of Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation announced it would not select a single winner for the Sobey Art Award this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but instead would help support a wider pool of jury-selected artists from across the country.

The monetary award likely comes as a relief for these artists, particularly as the arts community faces immense financial uncertainty amid the indefinite closure of art galleries and shows, and other public art spaces across Canada and elsewhere around the world.

Melanie Colosimo, an interdisciplinary artist from Halifax, N.S., and one of the artists selected by this year’s jury, said she was “awestruck” by the timely decision.

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