Iqaluit artist shortlisted for Sobey Art Award

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory one of 5 artists to receive $25,000, will be featured in a National Gallery of Canada this fall

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is pictured here in Greenlandic mask in an image from the 2017 film Timiga, Nunalu Sikulu (My body, the land and the ice). (Photo by Jamie Griffiths)

By Nunatsiaq News

Iqaluit artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory has been shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award — one of five artists in the running for the $100,000 prize.

The award is given each year by the Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada to honour up-and-coming contemporary Canadian artists.

Each of the shortlisted artists receives $25,000 and will be featured in an exhibition this fall and winter at the National Gallery of Canada.

“These five shortlisted artists represent every region in Canada and the strength and future of contemporary art,” said Sasha Suda, director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, and chair of the Sobey Art Award Jury, in a June 9 release.

“Throughout this challenging year, the Sobey Art Award has helped sustain my optimism for the artform.”

Williamson Bathory is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Iqaluit, known for her practice of Greenlandic mask dance, or uaajeerneq.

As a founding member and artistic director of Nunavut’s Qaggiavuut! Society, she is also involved in theatre, drum-dancing, music and curating.

The Sobey Art Foundation and National Gallery of Canada announced Williamson Bathory had made the long list of 25 artists last month.

Williamson Bathory was shortlisted alongside Rémi Belliveau (Atlantic region), Lorna Bauer (Quebec), Rajni Perera (Ontario) and Gabi Dao (West coast and Yukon).

The winning Sobey Art award artist will be announced in November and receive $100,000 in prize money.

The shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada set to run from Oct. 8 through Feb. 20, 2022.

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