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"Artful-noon" dining experiences await as UOB launches 43rd UOB Painting of the Year competition

Call-for-entries opens today; multi-sensory dining experiences with #ArtforGood menus by UOB Painting of the Year artists and Pan Pacific Hotels Group restaurant partners available from this month.

SINGAPORE, May 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — UOB launched the 43rd edition of the UOB Painting of the Year (UOB POY) competition today with a multi-sensory food art showcase, featuring delectable artistic treats in a collaboration between UOB POY artists and restaurant partners from Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG).

“Abstract” menu presented by UOB Painting of the Year artist Valerie Ng and Pan Pacific Singapore executive chef Andy Oh

Held at Gillman Barracks, the launch event featured a preview of edible creations conceived by six PPHG executive chefs, inspired by artworks from UOB POY artists. These #ArtforGood menus will be available to the public across various restaurants from May. Part of the proceeds from the menu sales and all proceeds from an online silent auction of artworks donated by UOB POY artists will go to local charity ART:DIS.

The 43rd UOB POY competition’s programme identity design was also unveiled, depicting the need for conservation to preserve fragile ecosystems. The design draws inspiration from last year’s top regional winning artwork, Chumphon Estuary by Thai artist Pratchaya Charernsook.

Mr Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "As a leading patron of the arts in Asia, we are pleased to invite artists to join the 43rd edition of our flagship art competition. To make art more accessible and to bring art into our daily lives, we are excited to collaborate with partners in the food industry to bring you ‘edible art’. We hope these upcoming art-dining experiences will give people a refreshing way to appreciate art, and be inspired by the creativity."

Established in 1982, the UOB Painting of the Year competition is the longest-running annual art competition in Singapore and one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia.

Art-inspired menus launching at PPHG restaurants from May to December

Event guests enjoyed first-hand a multi-sensory symphony with UOB’s first art-dining experience. A total of six sets of art-inspired edible delights and six artworks by the UOB POY artists were presented. The respective artists and chefs were present to share their inspirations behind the menus and artworks, showcasing their individual interpretations of art.

Of note is the "Abstract" high tea menu prepared by artist Valerie Ng and Pan Pacific Singapore. Combining the abstract expressionism of Valerie’s artworks with the cultural heritage of Pan Pacific, each dish is meticulously crafted with intricate details that tantalise both the palate and the senses. Traditional motifs imbued with earth’s natural elements invite imagination and bring delight to the eyes; while fresh flowers, tropical fruits and exotic spices create a symphony of flavours transporting diners into the heart of Singapore.

Valerie Ng, two-time UOB Painting of the Year award recipient in 2004 and 2018, shared, "My artworks are inspired by the wild flow of nature all around us, incorporating the colours of the elements – air, fire, water and earth. I’m thankful for this incredible opportunity to collaborate with Chef Andy. He and his team adeptly interpreted the essence of abstract expressionism in relation to the natural theme, matching the colour palettes beautifully with local flavours. I’m excited for the public to view and taste this one-of-a-kind edible art menu, which I am certain will generate more creative conversations."

Six art-inspired menus will be made available at participating PPHG F&B establishments across Singapore from May to December 2024. Each menu surrounds a theme that resonates with the UOB POY artist and respective establishments. These include:

May to June: "Abstract" presented by UOB POY artist Valerie Ng X Pan Pacific Singapore executive chef Andy Oh; June to July: "Past and Present" presented by UOB POY artist David Chan X Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore executive chef Pedro Samper; August: "Nostalgia" presented by UOB POY artist Shen Jiaqi X PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore executive chef Alvin Leong; August to September: "Local heritage" presented by UOB POY artist Andrew Huang X PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore executive chef Vincent Aw; September to October: "Oriental" presented by UOB POY artist Leo Liu X Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant; and executive Cantonese chef Hoo Chee Keong; and October to December: "Festive" presented by UOB POY artist Nurul Afiqah X PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore executive chef Chan Tuck Wai.

Further details on the artists, chefs and menus can be found in Appendix A.

During the period of the menu sales, artworks contributed by the UOB POY artists who inspired the menus will also be up for silent auction. Facilitated by ART:DIS (Arts & Disability) Singapore, members of the public may scan a QR code available at the respective establishments and submit their bids online at The highest bidder for each artwork will be contacted for the final sale following the conclusion of the respective dining experiences.

All proceeds from the artwork auctions and a portion of the sale proceeds of the food art menus will go to ART:DIS. ART:DIS is a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to creating learning and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities in the arts. Funds generated from this collaboration will be channelled into visual arts programmes organised by ART:DIS, to further empower artists with disabilities with the confidence and skills to live independently in the community. This aligns with UOB’s Purpose to build the future of ASEAN – the Bank is committed to supporting the social development of regional communities through art and education for children and their families. By championing visual art initiatives across Singapore and the region, UOB aims to foster a greater appreciation for art, enriching lives and strengthening social bonds.

43rd UOB POY programme identity revealed

2024 UOB POY programme identity design, based on ‘Chumphon Estuary’ by Pratchaya Charernsook

The programme identity design for the 2024 UOB POY competition was unveiled by Mr Wee and Ms Wee during the launch event. Inspired by the 2023 UOB Southeast Asian POY winning artwork, Chumphon Estuary featuring microplastics by Thai artist Pratchaya Charernsook, this year’s design depicts the imminent threat posed by microplastics in life-giving waterways, symbolised by the tumultuous energy of a breaking wave bringing invasive particles.

Call-for-entries for 43rd UOB POY competition opens today

Submissions for the 43rd UOB POY competition will open from 3 May to 31 July 2024. All Singapore citizens and permanent residents are eligible to submit up to three artworks digitally for either the Established or Emerging Artist Category at

The five country winners from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam will compete for the coveted UOB Southeast Asian POY award, with a prize award of an additional S$13,000 on top of their respective country award prize, and a chance for a residency programme. All Singapore winners and the winner of the 2024 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony on 13 November 2024.

About UOB and Art

UOB’s involvement in art started in the 1970s with its collection of paintings by Singapore artists. Today, the UOB Art Collection has more than 2,600 artworks, made up primarily of paintings from established and emerging Southeast Asian artists.

UOB plays an active role in communities across the region, most notably through its long-term commitment to art. As the leading patron of the arts in Asia, the Bank continues to make art accessible to a wider audience through a diverse range of visual art programmes, partnerships and community outreach across the region.

The Bank’s flagship art programme is the UOB Painting of the Year competition, which was started in 1982 to recognise Southeast Asian artists and to offer them the opportunity to showcase their works to the wider community. The competition was extended to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and in 2023, to Vietnam. It is now the longest running art competition in Singapore and one of the most prestigious in Southeast Asia. Past winners include Singapore Cultural Medallion winners Mr Goh Beng Kwan, Mr Anthony Poon and Mr Chua Ek Kay, as well as 2016 Benesse Prize winner, Thai artist Ms Pannaphan Yodmanee.

Together with the UOB POY winning artists, UOB also runs art workshops for underprivileged and special needs children regularly. At these workshops, the young learn art techniques from art professionals and award-winning artists.

In recognition of the Bank’s long-term commitment to art, UOB was presented with the National Arts Council’s Distinguished Patron of the Arts Award for the 20th consecutive year in 2023 and the Honorary Patron of the Arts Award, a life -time recognition.

About UOB

UOB is a leading bank in Asia. Operating through its head office in Singapore and banking subsidiaries in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, UOB has a global network of around 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Since its incorporation in 1935, UOB has grown organically and through a series of strategic acquisitions. Today, UOB is rated among the world’s top banks: Aa1 by Moody’s Investors Service and AA- by both S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings.

For nearly nine decades, UOB has adopted a customer-centric approach to create long-term value by staying relevant through its enterprising spirit and doing right by its customers. UOB is focused on building the future of ASEAN – for the people and businesses within, and connecting with, ASEAN.

The Bank connects businesses to opportunities in the region with its unparalleled regional footprint and leverages data and insights to innovate and create personalised banking experiences and solutions catering to each customer’s unique needs and evolving preferences. UOB is also committed to help businesses forge a sustainable future, by fostering social inclusiveness, creating positive environmental impact and pursuing economic progress. UOB believes in being a responsible financial services provider and is steadfast in its support of art, social development of children and education, doing right by its communities and stakeholders.

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