UOB Tweaks Painting of the Year Competition

 The competition has two distinct segments— Emerging Artist and Established Artist — and comes with a total prize pool of US$200,000, making it one of the largest purses among art competitions in the region. While the Emerging Artist segment is open to all, the Established Artist competition is open to professional artists, with a proven track-record.

 In the Established Artist category, the winners of the Painting of the Year award will each receive $25,000 cash. An overall winner will be selected from those four and win an additional $10,000. One of these four winners will also have the opportunity to enter a prestigious residency program at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.

The Singapore-based bank has drawn together a panel of renowned artists, established curators, and influential art critics to judge the 2013 UOB Painting of the Year competition. The long established competition has well-known alumni such as Goh Beng Kwan, Anthony Poon and Chua Ek Kay among past winners.

Last year, Indonesian artist Y. Indra Wahyu won the top prize for his piece depicting a school choir, “School Hymns,” while Esmond Loh in Singapore, Mohd Azri bin Abdullah in Malaysia and Aimrom Yunu in Thailand, won in their respective country categories.

Artists are invited to submit works between November 8 to10 for consideration. The works should be original paintings that have been created within the last two years. There are no entry fees. Details on the conditions of entry and entry forms can be found at www.uobpoy.com.

Winners will be announced on November 26 and their works will be exhibited at 73-12 Gallery in Singapore from November 26 to December 7, before touring the region.

Click on the slideshow to see some of the previous winning artworks.