The United Overseas Bank (UOB) has announced its call for entries for the UOB Painting of the Year Competition, UOB POY. Now in its 35th year running, the contest is separated into 2 categories – established and emerging artists. Winners of this year’s competition will have the opportunity to exhibit their artworks at the UOB Art Gallery and stand to win US$1,000 in the emerging artist category to the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year Award grand prize at US$10,000.
This year, UOB is highlighting the importance of Sensibility in Art in the competition, drawing importance to self-awareness and art appreciation. All entries from Singapore will be judged by Dr Bridget Tracy Tan, Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Arts and Art Galleries, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Ms Vera Ong, President of Art Galleries Association of Singapore and Owner of Art-2 Gallery and Mr Milenko Prvacki, Artist and Senior Fellow, LaSalle College of the Arts.
Criteria for Categories:
Established Artists – Open to experienced professionals with an established portfolio of work. They must have shown their paintings in solo or group exhibitions (excluding school graduation shows); be represented by a gallery, or have achieved recognition through art awards.
Emerging Artists – Open to aspiring artists who are pursuing an art education; are taking their first steps to a career in art; or simply paint for pleasure.
Categories and Prizes:
Established Artist Category
- UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year Award: US$10,000
- UOB Painting of the Year Award*: US$25,000 Gold Award: US$10,000
- Silver Award: US$8,000
- Bronze Award: US$5,000
*Note: One of the four UOB Painting of the Year Award country winners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand will be selected for a one-month residency programme at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. The recipient will be selected through an interview process conducted by the competition judges
Emerging Artist Category
- Most Promising Artist of the Year Award: US$3,000 Gold Award: US$2,500
- Silver Award: US$1,500
- Bronze Award: US$1,000
*Artists in Singapore who wish to take part in the competition must submit their artwork and entry form between 16 and 18 September 2016, 11am to 5pm daily, at Artspace@Helutrans (39 Keppel Road, #01-05 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Singapore 089065).
Find out more about the competition here.