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2022 Sobey Art Award shortlist revealed – Art Newspaper



The shortlisted artists nominated for Canada’s most prestigious contemporary art prize, the Sobey Art Award, have been revealed. Now in its 20th year and doling out a whopping C$400,000 (around $318,000) in prize money—C$100,000 going to the winner, C$25,000 to each of the other shortlisted finalists and $10,000 each to those longlisted—the artists in the running for the top honour have been winnowed down to just five names, each representing a region of the vast country.

Still in the hunt, as announced by the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) on Wednesday (8 June), are Tyshan Wright (from the Atlantic region), Stanley Février (from Québec), Azza El Siddique (from Ontario) Divya Mehra (from the Prairies and north) and Krystle Silverfox (from the West Coast and Yukon). They are hoping to succeed last year’s winner Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, whose presentation included a polar bear she shot and skinned after it had invaded her cabin one night. In 2020, due to Covid-19, the prize was shared equally among all 25 longlisted artists.

The five finalists will be featured in an exhibition at the NGC running from 28 October 2022 until February 2023. The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony. Among those who will be on hand that night is Rob Sobey, chair of the foundation, who referred to the five shortlisted artists as “gifted individuals”. He added: “I personally can’t wait to see the exhibition of their works at the National Gallery this fall.”

Each of the five talked about what it meant to be considered for the award, Wright calling it “a humbling feeling” and Mehra “an honour to be recognized and celebrated for your work in this way”. Silverfox said, “Being included as a shortlist finalist is such a wonderful moment for me.”

Installation view from the exhibition Menm Vye Tintin. Les vies possibles (Same Old Shit: Possible Lives), at the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides (MACLAU). Photo: MACLAU, Lucien Lisabelle

Février went further, saying, “This nomination is a symbol of perseverance and hope, not only for me, but for all the artists who work in the shadows; to believe that one day their efforts will be rewarded. I spent 14 years doing my practice in the shadows without receiving any support.”

El Siddique added, “As a product of immigrant parents and the lack of representation of artists of colour, especially in Canada, I never saw being an artist as a viable profession. It is great to see more representation, especially in Canada’s art landscape, so that young artists can see themselves within this field.”

Tyshan Wright, A Calling, 2021. Cow horn mounted on birch and pinecone base © Tyshan Wright. Photo: Steve Farmer

Wright hails from Accompong, Jamaica, a historical Maroon village, and is known for his mixed-media representations of Maroon instruments and ceremonial objects. Some 600 Maroons were expelled from the island by the British governor in 1796 and sent to Halifax, Nova Scotia. His work has been acquired by the Nova Scotia Art Bank and has also been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax. He also served as an artist-in-residence fellow at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD).

Février, a multidisciplinary artist, has an interesting background as he was a social worker before becoming a full-time artist. Schooled at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), he’s shown widely, both in Canada and abroad, with nearly 25 solo exhibitions to his name. His work is in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Azza El Siddique, Measure of one, 2020. Steel, expanded steel, water, unfired slip clay, slow-drip irrigation system, EPDM pond liner and cement bricks. Installation view at the Gardiner Museum, Toronto. © Azza El Siddique. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

El Siddique earned degrees from both the Yale School of Art and Toronto’s Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). She has been included in group exhibitions at both the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Gardiner Museum in Toronto and the Shin Gallery in New York, with solo shows at Toronto’s Towards gallery and the Harbourfront Centre, as well as Helena Anrather Gallery in New York. She has another solo show opening 30 June at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mehra, who studied at Columbia University, deals primarily with her own diasporic experiences and historical narratives. She incorporates found artifacts and readymade objects as signifiers of resistance or as reminders of the difficult realities of displacement, loss, neutrality and oppression. Her practice encompasses sculpture, print, drawing, books, installation, advertising, performance, video and film.

Divya Mehra, Remember, say NO to discomfort, guilt, anguish or psychological distress (from the series The End of You), 2021. Printed billboard commissioned for Add Space/Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2021 © Divya Mehra. Photo: Richard Zimmerman

Silverfox is an interdisciplinary artist and member of the Selkirk First Nation (Wolf Clan) who currently lives and works on the territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and is based in Dawson City, Yukon. She’s earned degrees at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and from Simon Fraser University. Using a variety of materials, Silverfox is inspired by Indigenous feminism, trans-nationalism, de-colonialism, activism and lived experience.

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CATHERINE SHEPHERD: Connecting through art – Saltwire



In recent years we’ve come to understand the importance of arts and culture in our lives. Art helps us to connect with ourselves and others. It’s an excellent way to express yourself that is known to positively impact our well-being, especially for those living with dementia.

Artful Afternoon is a dementia-friendly program offered by the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia in partnership with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for people living with dementia and their care partners. Participants are encouraged to tap into their creativity and reflect with one another while being able to make their own works of art.

The sessions provide a stress-free environment of fun where everyone involved can laugh, create and connect with one another.

For many, art is completely new to them, while others find themselves reconnecting with something they’ve always loved to do. Participants take a sense of pride in their art regardless of their experience.

Artful Afternoon information. - Contributed
Artful Afternoon information. – Contributed


Participants don’t have to be in-person to enjoy an Artful Afternoon. Sessions are offered virtually on Zoom for those who live across the province to enjoy – materials needed for the session are provided. Sessions are facilitated by Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia staff and a professional artist from the Art Gallery. It includes a guided tour of the gallery followed by an art session. Recordings of the virtual sessions are shared on our website for those who are interested at

“It’s wonderful that we’re able to offer both in-person and virtual formats where no prior art experience is necessary,” said Calandra Kandziora, Client Services Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

“The relaxed environment allows participants to connect with one another and their care partners.”

The sessions include a tour of a collection at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia where artist and instructor, Lux Habrich, shares her knowledge and information.

Everyone attending feels that they are part of the group, even if they aren’t there in person. After learning about the collection, people from across the province can share and discuss.

At the end of the session, Lux provides some instruction on how participants may use the materials in art kits provided by the gallery. Many people even use the materials outside of the sessions.

“Facilitating the program for the past four years has been hugely influential for me personally,” said Lux. “Not only has it deepened my relationship with my own creative practice, but I’ve been able to witness over and over again the immense power art making and appreciation play in our overall well-being, sense of autonomy and community connectedness.”

Catherine Shepherd is Regional Coordinator, Education & Outreach, Cape Breton, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. - Contributed
Catherine Shepherd is Regional Coordinator, Education & Outreach, Cape Breton, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. – Contributed


We know that maintaining connections and trying new activities are important parts of living well with dementia. The program reduces stigma and myths by bringing together people living with dementia, care partners, staff and volunteers in a community setting.

Meaningful social activity is important for everyone, but this need is increased for people living with dementia and their care partners.

The program has received glowing reviews from its participants.

“It’s a fun activity to do with my parent. I think it’s a good opportunity for him to get out and do something different, social, and enjoyable. It gives us something to talk about as well and creates good memories for us.”

If you are hesitant about dipping your toes into the program but enjoy art, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia offers virtual tours on their website

To find out more and to register for Artful Afternoon, visit or call our Infoline at 1-800-611-6345.

Catherine Shepherd is a regional co-ordinator, Cape Breton and provincial lead, first link outreach, with the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

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ARTS AROUND: Summer art camps return to Port Alberni – Alberni Valley News





Looking for something fun and creative for the kids this summer?

Join Freya and Olivia, our summer leaders at the Rollin Art Centre, for eight weeks of creative summer art programs for children between the ages of 7-13.

Each week is a different medium. From drawing to painting, we will have something everyone will enjoy. It’s a great way to have fun and meet new friends while learning new techniques.

The three-day camps take place Monday to Wednesday in the morning (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) for ages seven to eight and afternoons (1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.) for ages 9-11. The cost is $75 per week.

The Rollin Art Centre will also be offering a one-day camp on Fridays (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for ages 11-13. The cost is $45 per camp.

Call 250-724-3412 to register. Spaces are limited.


The Rollin Art Centre’s current art exhibit features a group of four local female artists: Sue Thomas, Jillian Mayne, Colleen Clancy and Ann McIvor. This exhibit showcases their own individualism, as the diversity of the work reflects each woman’s unique creative process and artistic expression.

From nature, to abstract, oils to watercolour, this exhibit is a lovely collection you won’t want to miss. It runs until July 22. The Rollin Art Centre is located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Argyle Street and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Rollin Art Centre will be holding a summer inspired art exhibit from July 27 to Aug. 26. We are inviting all local artists to submit up to three pieces (size depending) with their own rendition of the season of summer. All mediums are welcome.

Application forms are available at the Rollin Art Centre. The fee is $10 per submission. Deadline is July 15.


Spaces are still available for this acrylic painting workshop on the terrace at the Rollin Art Centre.

On Saturday, July 16, artist Susan Schaefer will guide you through what makes a good composition while simplifying your landscape.

The workshop fee is $115 + GST. A supply list is available. Register at the Rollin Art Centre at 250-724-3412.


The Community Arts Council is holding a summer raffle at the Rollin Art Centre featuring a chair designed by Leave Her Wild Container Design. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.


Teas on the Terrace are back at the Rollin Art Centre this summer. Tickets are now on sale.

Strawberry teas are $20 (featuring decadent strawberry shortcake) and a “high tea” is $25 (served on a two-tiered plate).

July 7 – Strawberry Tea – Folk Song Circle

July 21 – High Tea – Dennis Olsen

August 4 – Strawberry Tea – Dennis Olsen and Guy Langlois

August 18 – High Tea – Doug Gretsinger


Celtic Chaos will be telling their story in original narrative, poetry, song and music as a fundraiser for the Rollin Art Centre on Sunday, Nov. 6. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at the Rollin Art Centre.


July 16 – Acrylic watercolour workshop

July and August – Teas on the Terrace – Tickets available now

July and August – Children’s Summer Art Camps, ages 7-13

September 17 – Giant Book Sale – Athletic Hall

November 6 – Celtic Chaos performs (fundraiser) – Tickets on sale now

Melissa Martin is the Arts Administrator for the Community Arts Council, at the Rollin Art Centre and writes for the Alberni Valley News. Call 250-724-3412. Email:

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The Vancouver Art Gallery Launches New Simplified Membership and Admissions Program – Business Wire



VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Traditional Coast Salish Lands, including the Musqueam (xwməθkwəy’əm), Squamish (Swxwú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Tsleil-Waututh (səl’ilw’ətaʔɬ) Nations.

Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery announces that on July 1, 2022, it will be launching a new and simplified membership and admissions program, which will offer the public more access to more art, more often. This new program will give audiences the flexibility to enjoy the benefits that are most important to them.

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s streamlined membership program will have three levels to choose from:

  • Art Opens Access, which offers unlimited visits to the Gallery for a full 12 months;
  • Art Opens Ideas, which, in addition to unlimited visits to the Gallery for the next 12 months, provides a range of benefits designed to enhance your experience at the Gallery;
  • Art Opens Experiences, which not only provides unlimited visits to the Gallery but allows you to enjoy a greater range of perks, including discounts on ticketed public programs and events, as well as access to a national museum reciprocal program, giving you access to museums across Canada.

Recently, the Gallery announced that all children and youth aged 18 and under will be able to visit for free over the next five years, thanks to a generous donation of $1 million from the April 1 Foundation of Vancouver. Caregivers to persons with disabilities will also continue to receive free entry. As such, general admission to the Gallery will become the single price of $29.

The Gallery continues to work with many community partners to make art accessible to all. Some examples include the Institute of Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo pass, which offers complimentary admission to new Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and their immediate families; Access 2 cardholders, which provides complimentary admission to a support person for people of all ages and types of permanent disabilities; and discounted admission for post-secondary students through the Gallery’s School Programs.

This summer, starting July 1, the Gallery will also be extending its hours on Thursday evenings, staying open late from 10 AM to 8 PM until September 5, 2022. These extended hours will come in addition to the Gallery’s 12 to 8 PM hours on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its innovative exhibitions, extensive public programs and emphasis on advancing research on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. As the Gallery prepares to move to a new building, planned to open in 2027, it continues to strive to make art more accessible across the province. Since November 2021, the Gallery has raised more than $20 million in private fundraising and over $29 million in federal funding to support development of the new building.

For more information on the Gallery’s new membership and admissions program, visit

About Vancouver Art Gallery

Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of North America’s most innovative visual arts institutions. The Gallery’s adventurous exhibitions, extensive public programs, and emphasis on advancing research all focus on historical and contemporary art from British Columbia and around the world. Special attention is given to the accomplishments of Indigenous artists, as well as to those of the Asia Pacific region. The Gallery’s exhibitions also explore the impact of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design, and architecture.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is a charitable not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is situated on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy’əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and is respectful of the Indigenous stewards of the land it occupies, whose rich cultures are fundamental to artistic life in Vancouver and the work of the Gallery. Learn more at

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