The Jakarta Post
UOB Indonesia launched on Tuesday the 2018 UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition. (Shutterstock/Syda Productions)
UOB Indonesia launched on Tuesday the 2018 UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition.
The annual art event now includes art workshops for more than 200 underprivileged children.
The first Painting of the Year competition was held in Singapore in 1982 and began in Indonesia in 2011.
UOB Indonesia president director Kevin Lam said art plays an important role in enriching people’s lives while also strengthening community ties.
“UOB has consistently supported art development in Southeast Asia through the UOB Painting of the Year competition. We hope to create a positive and sustainable environment, as well as provide the opportunity for Indonesian artists to excel,” Lam said in a press statement.
He added that past winners had been invited to share their expertise in this year’s art workshops.
UOB Indonesia also collaborates with artists and art experts to hold art discussions at Bentara Budaya in Jakarta and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in West Java.
The competition is now open for registration until Sept. 3. Professional as well as amateur artists are welcome to sign up.
The judges in the competition are contemporary artist Entang Wiharso, art collector Dr. Wiyu Wahono and art writer Bambang Bujono.
Winners of the 2018 UOB Painting of the Year competition will be announced on Oct. 16 in Jakarta, while the finalists’ work will be exhibited at Building A of the National Gallery of Indonesia from Nov. 8 to 19.
They will be in competition with winners from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for the title of UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year.
Winners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand will also have the chance to enroll in a one-month residency program at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan.
For more information, head to the UOB POY’s website. (wng)