United Overseas Bank (UOB) recognises the important role that art plays in society and has been helping to raise the appreciation and awareness of art in Southeast Asia for more than four decades.
As part of its art outreach efforts, the Bank partners the UOB Painting of the Year alumni in organising art workshops for children who are underprivileged or have special needs to help them express themselves more fully through art. UOB also displays pieces from the Bank’s 1,600-strong art collection at its offices and branches globally as well as the UOB Art Gallery located at its headquarters in Singapore for the enjoyment of the community.
In January 2015, UOB became a Founding Partner of the National Gallery Singapore to promote the world’s largest collection of modern Southeast Asian art through the UOB Southeast Asian Gallery.
UOB’s role in promoting art has led to the Bank receiving the Singapore National Arts Council’s Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for the tenth consecutive year in 2014.
UOB brings generations of Singaporeans together to celebrate their love for the home and country with SG50 wall mural
As part of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, United Overseas Bank (UOB) volunteers, UOB Painting of the Year winner Mr Goh Beng Kwan and children from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Katong School came together on 22 July 2015 to paint a SG50 wall mural at Block 119 Aljunied Avenue 2.
Titled Home, the mural is a beautiful montage comprising 45 canvas paintings created by the children and UOB volunteers. These paintings featured the children’s drawings of the people and places in Singapore that they hold dear to their hearts. The wall mural was painted on the façade of a two-storey shop house and measures seven metres high and 15 metres wide.
Mr Goh, the first winner of the UOB Painting of the Year competition in 1982 and Cultural Medallion recipient from the National Arts Council in 1989, found it a meaningful experience to work with the children to produce the piece of community art to mark Singapore’s 50th birthday.
“As they say, home is where the heart is and I am delighted to help our young Singaporeans use art to express the love for what is dear to them during this Golden Jubilee. I also appreciate this opportunity to share my passion for art with the children and hope our mural painting today will have a lasting impact on their creativity and self-confidence,” Mr Goh said.