1. About the competition
2. Categories & Prizes
|Established Artist||UOB Painting of the Year1||MYR100,000||
|UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year2||US$10,000|
|Emerging Artist||Most Promising Artist of the Year||MYR15,000||
1 The winner of this award will be invited to interview for a month-long residency programme at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum.
2 This regional prize will be awarded to the most outstanding participants among the four UOB Painting of the Year award winners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
4. Awards Ceremony
5. Other details
6. For more information/further enquiries:
Entering the competition
How do I enter the Competition?
Artists may download the UOB Painting of the Year competition entry form at www.UOBPOY.com. The entry forms are also available at all UOB branches in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Participants should use the local country’s entry form in the country they wish to participate in.
I am currently based outside of the four participating countries. How can I participate?
The UOB Painting of the Year competition is open to citizens and permanent residents of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. If you are unable to submit your painting in person, a proxy can submit the painting on your behalf. The proxy must provide a signed authorisation letter from you and a copy of your passport or identity card. The authorisation letter is enclosed in the entry form.
What is an Established Artist?
The Established Artist category is 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.
What is an Emerging Artist?
The Emerging Artist category is 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.
I have received a prize in a previous UOB Painting of the Year competition. Am I still eligible to participate?
As a previous winner, you need to enter your artwork into the Established Artist category.
I am a recipient of other international art prizes. Am I still eligible to participate?
Yes, having won other art prizes you would be eligible to enter into the Established Artist category of the UOB Painting of the Year competition.
Submitting your artwork
How can I participate in the competition?
You may submit a photo of your artwork by post or email, along with a completed entry form and completed entry labels.
By post, send an 8R size photo of your painting to:
2019 Painting of the Year (Malaysia) competition
c/o GB@Work Sdn Bhd
36, Jalan SS20/11, Damansara Utama
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
By email, send a digital photo between 2MB and 5MB in JPG or TIFF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All submissions must arrive by 5.00pm on 22 August 2019 in order to qualify for the competition.
If your painting is shortlisted by the panel of judges, we will contact you by 11 September 2019 to inform you to submit the actual shortlisted painting for the next round of judging.
If my painting is shortlisted, when and where do I submit the actual painting?
The time, date and venue for submission of your actual painting will be notified through phone or email.
Are there restrictions on the size or type of media I can use for my painting?
Original paintings in acrylic, batik, Chinese brush, collage, crayon, ink, mixed media, oil, watercolour or any other media are accepted. Paintings submitted should be two-dimensional. Collages, two-dimensional embossed paintings and three-dimensional paintings are acceptable, subject to a maximum thickness of 5 centimetres. Video artworks, installations and sculptures are not acceptable. Maximum size of the painting should not exceed 180cm in height and width, inclusive of the frame (if any).
Paintings submitted as a series to make up a single artwork should not exceed three (3) individual pieces that make up the whole artwork, or if conjoined, are to be submitted as a triptych (3-panel artwork). The total dimensions of all the three (3) individual pieces combined that constitutes the whole artwork and/or the triptych (if conjoined) should not exceed 180cm in total height and width, inclusive of the frames (if any).
Do I need to frame my paintings?
Framing is optional. The painting cannot be larger than 180 centimetres in height and width, inclusive of the frame.
I have a painting that I created 10 years ago. Can I submit this for the Competition?
Paintings submitted must be original and created within the last two years. The entry should not have been offered for sale, published, or publicly exhibited. An exception may be made for paintings of full-time art students which have been exhibited at school graduation shows.
I am an Emerging Artist who wants to participate in the Established Artist category because I want to challenge myself. Is this possible?
Artists must meet the criteria for the category that they enter to be considered for a prize.
Can I submit entries for both categories?
No, artists must choose one category in which to participate.
Can I submit more than one entry?
Artists can submit up to three entries in their chosen category.
If my painting has been shortlisted, can I authorise a proxy or a friend to submit my entry for me?
Yes. If you are unable to submit your painting in person, a proxy can submit the painting on your behalf. The proxy must provide a signed authorisation letter from you and a copy of your passport or identity card. The authorisation letter is enclosed in the entry form.
If my painting has been shortlisted but I am not able to submit my painting on the dates specified as I am travelling, can I submit my painting on an earlier or later date?
In order to be considered for this year’s competition, entries must be submitted on the stipulated dates. If you are unable to submit your painting in person, you may post your paintings to us or appoint a proxy to submit the painting on your behalf. The proxy must provide a signed authorisation letter from you and a copy of your passport or identity card. The authorisation letter is enclosed in the entry form. Kindly note that we will not be held responsible if your painting(s) arrive damaged.
If I am a citizen of one of the participating countries but live in another participating country. Where should I submit my entry?
Artists should select the country in which they are easiest for them to submit the actual piece they want considered in the competition. For instance, if the artist is a Singapore citizen living in Malaysia, the artist may submit his/her artwork in Singapore or Malaysia.
Artists should select the country in which they have eligibility rights to participate in the Competition. For example, if a Malaysia citizen/permanent resident is based in Singapore, the submission of the artwork has to be done in Malaysia, via a proxy.
Selecting the winners
What are the criteria used for judging? Is there a difference between the two categories?
The judging criteria are the same for both the Established Artist and Emerging Artist categories. Judges will assess each painting based on its message, creativity, composition and the techniques used.
For the Established category, the judging will be more stringent as the level of competition will be higher in this category.
How will artists who are shortlisted be notified?
Shortlisted artists will be notified by phone by 11 September 2019. Winners will be notified by 11 October 2019.
The regional prize presentation will be in Singapore. If I live outside of Singapore, will UOB cover my expenses to attend the awards ceremony?
The UOB Painting of the Year award winners from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are invited to attend the awards ceremony in Singapore which will be held in November 2019. As they are guests of UOB, travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by UOB.
How is the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum residency programme decided upon?
One of the four UOB Painting of the Year Award country winners will be selected for a residency programme at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. The recipient will be selected through an interview process conducted by the judges of the Competition.
Will I be disqualified if I have won a prize but I am unable to attend the local awards ceremony?
We would love to have you at the local awards ceremony but if you are unable to attend, we will arrange prize collection at a later date for you. However, as a winner, you are required to assist us with administrative needs, including and not limited to providing detailed information, latest CV, recent photo that matches our requirements and further details of the winning artwork.
Will I be qualified for the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum residency programme if I am unable to make it to Singapore for the interview?
We regret to note that all UOB Painting of the Year country winners would have to undergo the interview process to be considered for the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum residency programme.
Collecting your photos/painting
Will I get the photos I submitted back?
We regret to inform you that all photos submitted will not be returned to the participants.
As a shortlisted artist who did not win any prizes, will I get my painting back?
Yes. With the exception of the award-winning paintings, all other paintings must be collected between 18 and 20 October 2019. The venue for collection will be informed at a later date. Collection is from 11am to 5pm daily.
What happens to my artwork if I do not collect it?
Artwork which is not collected by 5pm on 20 October 2019 becomes the property of UOB.
What happens to my painting if I am a winner?
All award-winning paintings, including the documents and materials submitted to UOB, become the property of UOB. Participants may wish to photograph their submissions for their own records prior to submission.