As the leading patron of art in Asia, UOB believes that art plays an important role in fostering social inclusiveness. It connects people and communities, celebrates cultures and enriches lives. That is why, for almost four decades, we have been supporting the creative pursuits of established and emerging artists across Asia. In recognition of our long-term commitment to art, we were presented the Singapore National Arts Council’s Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for the 16th consecutive year.
Uncovering artistic talent through competitions
UOB champions Southeast Asian art through our flagship UOB Painting of the Year (POY) competition, which began in 1982. Held at the national level in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, the UOB POY competition is the longest-running art competition in Singapore and one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia. In 2020, the competition took on the theme of Solidarity for the first time to encourage expressions of unity during the pandemic, recognising 40 artists with the regional award given to Mr Prabu Perdana from Indonesia for his artwork, Isolated Garden.
In Hong Kong, the annual UOB Art in Ink Awards aims to raise awareness of and appreciation for traditional ink art through contemporary expressions. In 2020, the competition recognised 18 local artists with the top award given to Ms Tang Shuk Man Miki for her artwork, 4.
Helping individuals explore art and develop their mental well-being
Against the backdrop of uncertainty and social isolation experienced by many people amid the COVID-19 pandemic, UOB introduced UOB Art Explorer, an online visual arts programme that promotes mental well-being and to bring the benefits of art to everyone from young to old. The programme has been rolled out across China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, and continues to help and engage individuals across the region through its various forms:
Art As Therapy, conducted by Ms Yoko Choi, a professional art therapist and our UOB
Painting of the Year winning artist, helped individuals to relax and reconnect.
Art At Home facilitated the learning of art making through online art enrichment tutorials that enabled individuals to explore the world of art.
Art In Colour encouraged self-expression through the creation of one’s story by using colour and imagination.
Art In Story featured artworks from the UOB Art Collection that tell stories with social messages such as #StayHome, Unity and Resilience, creating encouragement for individuals.
Art Virtually provided visual engagement and entertainment with works of art from the region and the UOB Art Gallery.