Photos: The Sobey Art Award Gala at AGNS

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Last night at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax and Canada's artists and art patrons gathered for the announcement of this year's Sobey Art Award winner, a $50,000 prize that recognizes the best in contemporary Canadian art each year since 2002. Born in Tehran, raised in Toronto, representing Ontario, Abbas Akhavan was awarded the prize among his competitors Raymond Boisjoly (West Coast), Sarah Anne Johnson (Prairies/North), Jon Rafman (Quebec) and Lisa Lipton (Atlantic) AKA Frankie. According to the jury, Akhavan's work is rich in "generosity and empathy" in both domestic and natural spheres. Each artist's work is on view at the AGNS until January as part of the Sobey Art Award Shortlist Exhibition. I took photos.


The 2015 Sobey Art Award finalists - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • The 2015 Sobey Art Award finalists

2015 Sobey Art Award winner Abbas Akhavan - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • 2015 Sobey Art Award winner Abbas Akhavan

Atlantic nominee Lisa Lipton (right) & friend - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Atlantic nominee Lisa Lipton (right) & friend

Patrons at the AGNS - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Patrons at the AGNS

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Kate Walchuk (Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Coast copy editor Laura Kenins - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Kate Walchuk (Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Coast copy editor Laura Kenins

Hugh Stewart, Melanie Colosimo (director, Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Sarah Fillmore (chief curator, AGNS) - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Hugh Stewart, Melanie Colosimo (director, Anna Leonowens Gallery) & Sarah Fillmore (chief curator, AGNS)

Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore & Jennifer Fraser (BDCBC) - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore & Jennifer Fraser (BDCBC)

Coast cartoonist Paul Hammond (left) & friends - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Coast cartoonist Paul Hammond (left) & friends

Fred Fountain CM & Andrew Neville - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Fred Fountain CM & Andrew Neville

Hannah Guinan (centre; director, Khyber Centre for the Arts) & friends - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Hannah Guinan (centre; director, Khyber Centre for the Arts) & friends

Andrew Mazzerole & Allison Higgins - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Andrew Mazzerole & Allison Higgins

Paul Pettigrew (AGNS Young Patrons Circle) & other guy - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Paul Pettigrew (AGNS Young Patrons Circle) & other guy

Merray Gerges, Emerging Critical Art Writer-in-Residence, AGNS/VANS - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Merray Gerges, Emerging Critical Art Writer-in-Residence, AGNS/VANS

Danika Vandersteen & Scott Grundy - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Danika Vandersteen & Scott Grundy

2014 Sobey winner Nadia Myre & 2015 Sobey winner Abbas Akhavan - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • 2014 Sobey winner Nadia Myre & 2015 Sobey winner Abbas Akhavan

Shortlist Exhibition - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Shortlist Exhibition

Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan) - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan)

Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan) - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Shortlist Exhibition (Abbas Akhavan)

Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville

Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • Shortlist Exhibition (Lisa Lipton) #greysville

DJ Festive Special (Andrew Neville), after-party at The Seahorse - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • DJ Festive Special (Andrew Neville), after-party at The Seahorse

It's me in a bathroom, after-party at The Seahorse. - ADRIA YOUNG
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  • It's me in a bathroom, after-party at The Seahorse.

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