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Fish Tank by UOB 2019 artist of year winner Lin Rui Yue, Victoria
Fish Tank by Lin Rui Yue, 2019 UOB Ink Art of the Year Award, Artist Of The Year

UOB launches 2020 Art in Ink Awards along with an online visual arts programme

UOB calls for artists to share their creative perspectives through ink art to inspire the community

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Time Out Hong Kong

Get your creative juices flowing, because United Overseas Bank's (UOB) annual 2020 Art in Ink Awards is now calling for entries! As a long-term supporter of art in the region, UOB has been holding the annual competition in Hong Kong since 2017 as part of UOB Art Academy’s art outreach programme which provides a platform for local artists to showcase their works and raise public’s awareness and appreciation for ink art. 

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘solidarity’ and invites artists to draw inspiration from the unity and resilience of people in overcoming the challenges and adversities of the ongoing pandemic. “We encourage local artistic talents to unleash their creativity and share their perspectives through ink art to inspire the wider community,” shares Christine Ip, CEO of UOB for Greater China. 

Glorious Years by So Nim Yan, 2019 UOB Ink Art of the Year Award Gold Awardee 

Art in Ink Awards is open to all Hong Kong residents aged nine years and above. Entries showing excellence in creativity, originality, and technique will be selected by a panel of professionals from various art sectors. The awarded entries will receive cash prizes worth more than $300,000, and the selected winner of the UOB Ink Art of the Year Award will be granted an opportunity to go overseas for an art residency. And the winner of the Most Promising Artist of the Year will receive a bespoke ink art course, taught by a renowned ink artist. 

My Emotions by Chu Po Sam, Geneve, 2019 UOB Ink Art of the Year Award Gold Awardee 

Along with the competition, the bank also launches the UOB Art Explorer, a complimentary online visual arts programme which aims to connect people through art in a series of video art tutorials, therapy sessions, and inspirational videos from past Art in Ink Awards winners. 

Visit to enter the competition and to get updates about the programmes. Tiffany Tsoi  

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