Founded in 1935, United Overseas Bank (UOB) is a leading bank in Asia with a global network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Over the past eight decades, we believe in being a responsible financial services provider with a long-term commitment to making a difference in the lives of our stakeholders and in the communities in which we operate.
UOB is steadfast in our support of social development, particularly in the areas of art, children and education. Since the 1970s, UOB has begun collecting artworks in support of the art community in Singapore. The UOB Art collection comprises more than 2,400 artworks nowadays. In 1982, the Bank held the first UOB Painting of Year (POY) competition which has become the longest-running art competition in Singapore and one of the most prestigious art competitions in Southeast Asia.
UOB set up its first overseas branch in 1965 in Hong Kong. Nowadays, UOB Hong Kong focuses on wholesale banking and private banking businesses along its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. Building upon the solid foundation of UOB Group's CSR, the UOB Art Academy was established in 2015 with an aim to make art more accessible, nurture local artistic talents and rejuvenate the cultural heritage so as to make community thrive through the annual art competition, art outreach programmes and various kinds of art collaborations.
As one of the foundation stones of China's cultural heritage, ink art has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Since 2017, the UOB Art Academy has organised the annual UOB Art in Ink Awards to engage the general public, as well as to unearth and support the local artistic talents and to provide a platform for them to showcase their artworks. It also organises ink art workshops in Hong Kong, enabling more people to experience the traditional medium.