2022 UOB Painting of the Year is Now Open for Submissions

UOB Malaysia has launched the 2022 UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition and is inviting established and emerging artists to create innovative artworks that showcase their artistic mastery. 

The top country winner will receive RM100,000 and a chance to compete for the prestigious UOB Southeast Asian POY award, which carries a cash prize of US$10,000.

The UOB POY competition is the bank’s flagship regional visual arts programme and one of Southeast Asia’s most prestigious annual art awards that aims to uncover and nurture artistic talent across the region.

The competition is divided into two categories: Established Artist and Emerging Artist. 

Participants may enter their artwork in only one of the two categories. There are no age restrictions for either category. Each participant may submit a maximum of three paintings.

Regarding the type of media, paintings in acrylic, batik, Chinese brush, collage, crayon, ink, mixed media, oil, watercolour or other media are accepted. Collages, two-dimensional embossed paintings and three-dimensional paintings are also accepted, subjected to a maximum thickness of 5 centimeters (inclusive of frames).

Paintings are recommended to be within 180 centimetres in height and width (inclusive of frames). Framing is optional.

Do take note that the painting submitted must be original and should not have been created more than two years prior to the submission date. Participants should not submit artworks that have been offered for sale, published or publicly exhibited.

Meanwhile, video artworks, installations and sculptures will not be accepted.

All entries are to be submitted electronically via by 11.59pm on 31 July 2022.

In conjunction with UOB Malaysia’s 71st anniversary, the bank has also introduced a special campaign as part of the 2022 UOB POY (Malaysia) competition. The winning artwork of this special campaign will be featured on the exterior of a public mass rail transit (MRT) that will travel around the Klang Valley.

This is part of the bank’s commitment to make art more accessible to the wider community while raising the profile and showcasing the work of the winning Malaysian artist. 

Ng Wei Wei, Chief Executive Officer of UOB Malaysia shared, “Art has an amazing ability to evoke powerful emotions, to bring thoughts and ideas to life and to unite people from all walks of life. This year’s programme identity highlights the theme of ‘optimism’; and as we gradually move towards a brighter and more hopeful future, we aim to bring that positivity and connectivity to the art community which was adversely hit by the global pandemic.”

The competition is open to all Malaysia citizens and permanent residents. The winners of the 2022 UOB POY (Malaysia) competition will be announced at an award ceremony in October 2022.

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