January 2021
Singapore Art Week

Talk: Creativity and Competition

17 January 2020

17 January 2020

Tent B – Talks
S.E.A. Focus, Gillman Barracks
Admits entry with a valid S.E.A. Focus ticket

2.30PM – 4.00PM

Lilian Chong, Executive Director — Group Strategic Communications and Brand, United Overseas Bank, UOB Painting of the Year
Eisa Jocson, Artist & Winner | HUGO BOSS ASIA ART | Award for Emerging Asian Artist
Robert Zhao Renhui, Artist & Winner | UOB Painting of the Year/Young Artist Award

Moderated by Mae Anderson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Art Outreach, IMPART Art Awards

Art prizes, awards and sought-after residences are a highly visible facet of today’s contemporary art ecosystem. In an era when controversy and novelty increasingly characterise the crowded field of contemporary art, this panel asks: what is the role and significance of the art prize? What might a different model, or a future without such accolades look like?

About the speakers:

Lilian Chong has more than 22 years of experience in the banking industry and MNCs, and has led various strategic initiatives to build successful brands, programmes and campaigns. Over the recent years, as part of championing Southeast Asian art and artists across the region, Chong has expanded and enriched the UOB Art Programme holistically to create sustainable good for the communities. The UOB Painting of the Year competition is the longest-running art competition in Singapore and one of the most recognised in Southeast Asia, where its annual flagship competition is held across the region in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. 

Eisa Jocson examine gender formation, body politics, and social mobility in the service and entertainment industry as seen through the unique socioeconomic lens of the Philippines. Jocson has toured extensively in major contemporary festival with her solo triptych: Death of the Pole Dancer (2011), Macho Dancer (2013) and Host (2015). Jocson is winner of the recent Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2019; recipient of the 2018 Cultural Centre of the Philippines 13 Artists Award; and clinched the Zurcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgement Prize at the Zurich Theater Spektakel in 2013.

Robert Zhao Renhui is a multi-disciplinary artist who blends reality and fiction in his works. Strongly informed by his observations and ongoing research into the natural world, Zhao adopts a practice that investigates and unravels the intertwining relationship between humans and their habitats. His work has been exhibited at numerous solo and group presentations in Singapore, London, Shanghai and more, including the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2018) and JIWA: Jakarta Biennale 2017. He was awarded UOB Painting of the Year/Young Artist Award in 2010. The artist lives and works in Singapore.  

Mae Anderson is deeply engaged volunteer in Singapore’s non-profit sector, serving on the Board of Art Outreach Singapore, a leading art education non-profit organization in Singapore since 2003, and as the organisation’s Chairman since 2007. Anderson spearheaded the establishment of the IMPART Awards in 2017, an initiative that provides critical career support for emerging artistic and curatorial talents. Anderson has served on Singapore’s Venice Biennale Commissioning Panel for the 2019 Biennale, often lectures on topics in the area of Art and Philanthropy, and is a returning lecturer at Yale-NUS College’s annual NGO Bootcamp since 2014.