Annual Art Competition, 13-19 Art Prize, Goes Beyond Singapore to Include Talents from Southeast Asia

  • Registration for the second edition of the annual 13-19 Art Prize is now open till 10 September 2022.
  • Digital artwork category open to all youths aged 13-19 from across Southeast Asia.
  • As a fundraiser, all winning works from the 13-19 Art Prize (both canvas and digital) are exhibited and auctioned to raise funds for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF).

14 June 2022 – 13-19 Art Prize, Singapore’s only visual arts competition exclusively for youths between 13 and 19 enters its second year by going regional.

From 2022, the 13-19 Art Prize will go beyond Singapore to include talents from Southeast Asia by welcoming entries from youths aged 13-19 residing in the region. The Canvas Artwork Category will remain only open to those residing in Singapore. To date, the Prize has attracted registrants from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Said Mr Chong Huai Seng, founder of Culture Story who is the Chairman of the 13-19 Art Prize 2022 Advisory Committee: “The recent pandemic has shown that digital technology has allowed us to cross borders and connect with one another easier. It has also shown how important it has been for us to continually remain connected with our neighbours.

“As such it is an inevitable development for Digital Artwork category to reach out to the region. We hope that entries from the region would also give our youths insights into the art scene of their region and what are the themes and styles that their peers are addressing. Opening up this section to the region we believe will eventually help youths to get connected with one another, be aware of their peers and hopefully, through this competition build something together for the future.”

Launched in 2021 the art prize was conceived and organised by not-for-profit arts and culture charity, TRCL to recognise and celebrate young art talents in Singapore while also imparting values of giving- back to the community to support their peers from disadvantaged backgrounds through the arts. All winning works from the 13-19 Art Prize (both canvas and digital) will be exhibited and auctioned to raise funds for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) managed by TRCL which provides arts education without cost to children and youths from underserved communities.

Comprising two categories – Canvas Artwork and Digital Artwork — the inaugural art prize saw 221 entries. The judging panel consisted of local well-known artists and art professionals such as: Mr Ong Kim Seng, Mr Tan Siang Yu, Ms Tan Siuli, and Mr Yeo Tze Yang.

The first edition of the competition saw youths using their artistic talents to spark valuable conversations on the issues of ageing and the impact it has on the human disconnection between the elderly and their family, the gender binary, the pandemic, and its impact on our mental health, as well as key pillars of Singapore’s culture.

As with 2021, the prize-winning works from the Canvas Artwork Category and Digital Artwork Category artworks will be auctioned online, with the latter as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to raise funds for BT BAF.

Commented Ms Clara Peh, Founder of NFT Asia and Curator at Appetite as well as a member of the 13- 19 Art Prize Advisory Committee 2022: “It is exciting to see competitions for youths, such as the 13-19 Art Prize, expand its reach from locally in Singapore to the region. I hope the expanded reach will encourage more youths in Southeast Asia to discover and develop their passion in digital art and to consider more and different ways of creating artworks with an expanded set of tools.”

There are four main categories of winners for both the Canvas and Digital Artwork Category are: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Merit Prize. Gold winners will receive a cash prize of SGD 800 each, Silver winners SGD 500 each, Bronze winners SGD 300 each, and Merit Prize winners SGD 100 each.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges comprising well-known Singapore artists and art professionals based on concept, creativity/originality, aesthetic quality (design, composition and colour/tones) and technical skills.

The announcement of winners is on Friday, 7 October 2022.

Submission deadline: Thurs, 22 September 2022

Canvas artworks are to be submitted to our submission centre; digital artworks submitted via our online portal.