UOB Painting of the Year award open for submissions

Winner of the 2010 UOB Painting of the Year, Pannaphan Yodmanee, went on to win the three million yen (S$36,000) Benesse Prize at the 2016 Singapore Biennale.
Winner of the 2010 UOB Painting of the Year, Pannaphan Yodmanee, went on to win the three million yen (S$36,000) Benesse Prize at the 2016 Singapore Biennale. PHOTO: PANNAPHAN YODMANEE

Singapore's longest-running annual award for paintings is calling for submissions.

From Aug 24 to 26, artists can submit their work for the UOB Painting of the Year competition, which offers a top prize of US$25,000 (S$34,000).

The UOB Painting of the Year prize first awarded here in 1982 has also been given out in Thailand since 2010, and Malaysia and Indonesia since 2011.

A regional prize of US$10,000, the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year award, is awarded to the most outstanding of all four winning paintings.

Winners also compete for a residency programme at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.

Other prizes of US$1,000 to US$2,500 are also awarded to emerging artists.

This year's judges are Mr Kwok Kian Chow, associate professor of arts and culture management (practice) and director of Singapore Management University's Wee Kim Wee Centre; Ms Stephanie Fong, founder of Fost Gallery; and artist and arts educator Vincent Leow.

The UOB Painting of the Year award appears in the resume of several distinguished painters from Singapore, including Cultural Medallion recipients Goh Beng Kwan and Thomas Yeo.

Thai artist Thidarat Chantachua, who won the top prize in her country in 2016, credits the UOB award for kick-starting her career.

"Before winning the award, I was an amateur artist. No one knew my work," says the 26-year-old, who went on to do a residency in Fukuoka and was this year showcased at art fair Art Stage Singapore by Bangkok gallery S.A.C. Subhashok The Arts Centre.

The Thai artist who won the 2010 UOB Painting of the Year, Pannaphan Yodmanee, went on to win the three million yen (S$36,000) Benesse Prize at the 2016 Singapore Biennale for her large-scale, mixed-media mural, Aftermath.

The Singapore winners and regional winner of the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year will be announced at a ceremony in November.

Entry for Singapore-based artists will be accepted from Aug 24 to 26, 11am to 5pm daily, at the School of the Arts Singapore Art Gallery. More competition details can be found at www.uobpoy.com.

Akshita Nanda

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'UOB Painting of the Year award open for submissions'. Print Edition | Subscribe