27 October – 21 November 2016, 11am – 4pm daily
Curate Henry Butcher
LG1-1, SENI Mont’ Kiara,
2a Changkat Duta Kiara,
Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur


UOB started its annual UOB Painting of the Year competition in Singapore in 1982 and has since extended it to Thailand in 2010 and then Malaysia and Indonesia in 2011. Over the years, the competition has helped to discover and nurture emerging artists and encourage established artists to push their creative boundaries.

As part of the UOB Painting of the Year competition, the Bank started a residency programme with the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in 2009, with the aim of encouraging artists to exchange creative ideas with their peers in the region. Every year, one winner of the UOB Painting of the Year competition is given an opportunity to attend the residency programme as part of the prize. Winners of this year’s competition will have the opportunity to exhibit their artworks at the UOB Art Gallery. They will also be invited to participate in art exchange workshops overseas and
conduct art education activities for UOB employees, and children from beneficiaries supported by the Bank. These activities are part of the UOB’s expanded art programme.

This year, UOB is highlighting the importance of sensibility in art in the 2016 UOB Painting of the Year competition. Sensibility in art relates to emotions and feelings. It also relates to how we draw meaning from looking at an artwork.

The concept of sensibility is not new but against the current sentiments for instantaneous gratification, UOB feels that it is important to cast the spotlight back on our emotions and take time to view an artwork. We are making more apparent that self-awareness is important to the appreciation of art.



Polenn Sim +6016 273 3628 | polenn@hbart.com.my

Elizabeth Wong +6013 355 6578 | elizabeth@hbart.com.my