Last Updated on 2023/11/08
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Microplastics Menace Highlighted in UOB’s Southeast Asian Art Award 2023″.
Ms Pratchaya Charernsook, a Thai artist, has been awarded the 2023 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year for her work “Chumphon Estuary”. The painting is a commentary on the ecological impact of microplastics.
Featured image: 2023 UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year, Chumphon Estuary by Pratchaya Charemsook
Detailing the Impact Through Art
“Chumphon Estuary” took two months to complete and was crafted using actual microplastic fragments collected by Ms Pratchaya from her hometown beaches. The artwork serves as a warning about the consequences of microplastics pollution, aiming to inspire environmental responsibility. “Environmental pollution is an issue that hits very close to home, not just for me, but for everyone. I sincerely hope that my artwork will inspire audiences to take action, to ensure that what I have depicted stays in the realm of art instead of becoming reality.”
The 42nd UOB POY Awards Ceremony
The UOB Southeast Asian and Singapore winners were announced at the Victoria Theatre, with the ceremony livestreamed on UOB’s YouTube channel. The event was attended by the Minister for Education, Mr Chan Chun Sing, along with past winners, guests, and members of the arts community. Mr Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and CEO of UOB, congratulated Ms Pratchaya, emphasizing the role of art in highlighting important issues like environmental responsibility.
Judging Panel and Criteria
The judging panel for the award comprised Chief Judges from the participating countries, each bringing a unique perspective to the selection process. This diverse panel underscores the commitment to a balanced and comprehensive evaluation of the artworks submitted.
Singapore’s Representation in Art
In Singapore, Jeremy Hiah received the top award in the Established Artist Category for his work “Gulliver’s Travels”, a mixed media piece that draws on the theme of human vulnerability. Ms Stephy Chien won the Most Promising Artist of the Year award for her artwork “Commuting”, which explores the cultural exchange between Singaporean and Malaysian communities through the lens of daily transport.
Fostering Regional Artistic Talent
The recognition of these artists is part of UOB’s broader initiative to support and develop the visual arts in Southeast Asia. Winners of national UOB POY awards are given the opportunity to participate in a residency at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, indicating UOB’s commitment to cultivating a supportive environment for artists in the region.
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