2019 Sobey Art Award Residencies Program participants announced


2019 Sobey Art Award Residencies Program participants announced

International partnerships in Germany, the US and the UK support artistic exchange and excellence

  • For its second year, the 2019 Sobey Art Award Residencies Program continues its partnerships with the Delfina Foundation (London, UK), International Studio & Curatorial Program (Brooklyn, USA) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, Germany)
  • Canadian artists Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Logan MacDonald and Erdem Taşdelen will take part in the 2019 Sobey Art Award Residencies Program

OTTAWA, September 18, 2019 – The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada revealed today the three Canadian artists who will take part in the international Sobey Art Award Residencies Program (SAARP). Erdem Taşdelen will spend three months at the Delfina Foundation, Marie-Michelle Deschamps will be in residence for three months at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); and Logan MacDonald will take part in a six-month residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. The three artists invited to participate in this year’s SAARP were selected from the Sobey Art Award 2019 longlist nominees by the Sobey Art Award jury.

The residencies program supports Canadian artists as they move to the next phase of their careers by providing time, space and facilities to create new work and conduct research for future projects. The artists taking part in the program will be introduced to international arts communities, allowing them to connect with artists, curators, and organizations outside their existing network.

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada created the annual residency program in 2018 to offer additional support for young artists, and to raise the profile of contemporary Canadian art and artists around the world. The total annual value of the program is approximately $75,000 CAD, and includes funds for travel, living expenses, and materials.

In addition to the international residency program, an exhibition of works by the five 2019 Sobey Art Award shortlisted artists will be presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta from October 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The winner of the 2019 Sobey Art Award grand prize of $100,000 will be revealed at a gala event at the Art Gallery of Alberta on November 15, 2019. One of the remaining finalists will be selected to attend the 2019 Fogo Island Arts’ international residency program. That announcement will be made at the end of November.



“The Sobey Art Foundation is incredibly proud to support these annual artist residencies. International exchange and exposure are vital because they provide opportunities for contemporary artists from Canada to show their work abroad and make important connections. The SAARP was created to foster cultural and artistic exchange, nurture experimentation and new ideas, and support research and the development of new Canadian work.”
Rob Sobey, Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation.

“The Sobey Art Award Residencies Program provides invaluable support to Canadian contemporary artists. By connecting these artists with distinguished international institutions, the program inspires opportunities to learn about different artistic and curatorial practices.”
Dr. Sasha Suda, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada.

“Maybe the best way to draw attention to Canadian artists is by giving them greater visibility outside of Canada, by increasing their international presence. One way to do this is to create strong international residency programs and I am very excited and curious to see what kinds of opportunities SAARP leads to.”
Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada and Chair of the jury.

Further information and updates about the 2019 artists, jurors, the Sobey Art Award exhibition, and the Sobey Art Award Residency Program can be found at gallery.ca/sobey, as well as by following @PrixSobeyAward.

About the 2019 SAARP participants

Erdem Taşdelen (b. Ankara, 1985) has been selected to take part in the residency program at Delfina Foundation in London, UK, from October to December 2020. Taşdelen is a Turkish-Canadian artist based in Toronto. His practice is rooted in conceptualism and involves a range of media including installation, video, sculpture, sound and artist books. His diverse projects bring self-expression into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours, where he often draws from unique historical narratives to address the complexities of current sociopolitical issues. Taşdelen completed his MFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2010.

Marie-Michelle Deschamps (b. Montreal, 1980) will participate in the three-month residency program at ISCP in Brooklyn, USA, from October to December 2020. Through sculpture, writing, drawing, sound and installations, Deschamps’ work focuses on language as an inhabitable space – a veritable structure and place where forms reside. Her practice is rooted within conversation, collaboration and translation, underscoring the transformative place of language within the formal dialect of architecture. Recently, Deschamps’ work has been exhibited at the Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, CH); Chapter (Cardiff, UK) the Darling Foundry (Montreal, CA); the MUDAM (Luxembourg, LU); CCA (Glasgow, UK); Occidental Temporary (Paris, FR); CNAC Le Magasin (Grenoble, FR); YYZ Artist’s Outlet (Toronto, CA) and at Collective as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival (UK).

Logan MacDonald (b. Summerside, 1979) will participate in the six-month residency program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien from January to June 2020. MacDonald is a queer visual artist and curator from Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland, Canada. He identifies with having both European and Mi’kmaq ancestry. His art practice is often research and installation-based, often exploring notions of belonging and membership, specifically in relation to Indigenous, queer, and disability perspectives. MacDonald holds a MFA from York University (2010) and a BFA from Concordia University (2006). His work has exhibited widely in galleries and spaces across North America, such as Ace Art Inc., Grenfell Art Gallery, Asinabka Festival 2 Spirit Ball, The Rooms, L.A.C.E., and John Connell Presents.

About the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program (SAARP)
About the Sobey Art Award
About the Sobey Art Foundation
About the National Gallery of Canada

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