Two Sackville artists named to Sobey Art Award’s 2014 longlist

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A pair of local artists are among a list of 25 Canadians vying for this year’s Sobey Art Award.

Graeme Patterson and Tamara Henderson have been selected to the longlist for the prestigious contemporary art award, which comes with a top prize of $50,000.

Established by Donald Sobey, former chair of the National Gallery of Canada, the award, given annually since 2006, is disbursed to a visual artist under the age of 40 who’s had a public or commercial gallery exhibition within 18 months of being nominated.

"The longlist for the Sobey Art Award is always a greatly anticipated survey of contemporary Canadian art,” says Sarah Fillmore, chief curator of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Award. 

“Drawing on the largest response ever to the call for nominations for the Sobey Art Award, the curatorial panel assembled a stellar longlist from among Canada's most thought-provoking artists. This list is the result of a lengthy and challenging debate. I thank the nominators, who brought forward and shone a light on talent from across Canada."

There are 25 artists in the running for the 2014 award, with five chosen from each of five regions of Canada. Patterson, originally from Saskatoon but now living in Sackville, and Henderson, Sackville-born but now an international itinerant, are both among the Atlantic nominees.

A curatorial panel, made up of one representative from each region, will whittle down the list to a shortlist of five finalists and ultimately a single prize winner.

The 2014 shortlist of the Sobey Art Award will be announced June 4. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery opening on Nov. 1, with the winner being announced at a gala event on Nov. 19.

The winner will receive $50,000, with $10,000 going to each of the four runners-up. The remaining 20 longlisted artists will receive $500 each.

Several of the nominees on the 2014 long list have been up for Sobey consideration before, including both Patterson, short-listed in 2009 and long-listed in 2010 and 2012, and Henderson, who was shortlisted for the award in 2013.

Henderson was born in Sackville in 1982 and went on to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Städelschule in Frankfurt, and holds a masters degree from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

Boasting an extremely international exhibition record, Henderson works in various formats and using different techniques – including16mm film, sculpture, painting, and printed matter.

Patterson graduated from NSCAD in 2002 and since then, his work has shown nationally and internationally, including several solo exhibitions at significant Canadian art galleries.

His practice stems from a self-taught method of producing stop-motion animations but has expanded into building large video/sculptural installations. These installations consist of animation, sculptural models, robotics, sound, music and some interactive elements.

Patterson recently completed a new body of work entitled Secret Citadel, which is currently exhibiting as a national solo tour.

Organizations: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, National Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery Royal Institute of Art Secret Citadel

Geographic location: Sackville, Canada, Nova Scotia Saskatoon Halifax Frankfurt Stockholm

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