13-19 Art Prize


Charity Arts Company TRCL Launches 13-19 Art Prize
National Youth Competition


  • Competition aims to nurture and encourage young talents
  • Fundraising aspect enables students to showcase and give back to community through the sale of winning entries via online charity auction
  • Proceeds to benefit The Business Times Budding Artists Fund

SINGAPORE 25 May 2021 – In aid of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), charity arts organisation TRCL today launched a youth visual art competition, the 13-19 Art Prize that is supported by The Business Times. 

The competition offers all youths, aged 13 to 19, residing in Singapore the opportunity to express themselves and have their potential recognized by creating canvas and digital artworks on any theme or subject. There are four categories of winners: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Jury Prize. The Jury Prize recognises promising young artists whose artworks deserve special mention. Gold winners receive a cash prize of $800 each, Silver winners $600 each, Bronze winners $400 each, and Jury Prize winners $400 each.  

Youths in secondary schools, international schools, art school and institutions – SOTA, LASALLE College of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) – as well as tertiary institutions are encouraged to stretch their creative potential by taking part.  

Registration for the 13-19 Art Prize is now open and we ask students to register and make use of the June holidays to start working on their submissions for the Art Prize. With the recent rise in community cases of Covid-19 infections among children and youth, we hope that the competition will be a source of excitement and motivation for them, and will keep them meaningfully occupied at home. 

As an advocate for the arts, TRCL has organised a variety of art auctions and exhibitions, mostly by youth for youth, in aid of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. The Fund supports children from underserved communities by providing them an education in visual arts, music, theatre, dance, and digital art. Through this competition, TRCL hopes to impart values, create a culture of healthy artistic expression and build confidence in the next generation. 

Ms Genii Koh, Chairperson of the 13-19 Art Prize Advisory Committee, Board Member of TRCL, says: “We are delighted to have the support of The Business Times on a project which nurtures and recognizes young talents. As advocates of the arts in Singapore, we hope that this platform engages and empowers our youths to develop their unique voices. The fundraising auction of winning artworks will help them realize that their pursuit of creativity can benefit other young persons in the community.”  

Ms Tan See Kia, Member of the 13-19 Art Prize Advisory Committee and Head of the Junior Art Department, School of Young Talents at NAFA commented: “This competition fills a gap in the visual art landscape particularly for teenagers. The Art Prize offers talented young artists in this often-overlooked age group a good opportunity to share their perspectives and showcase their artistic accomplishments.” 

Submissions will be judged by our panel of judges comprising local well-known 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 Wednesday, 8 Dec 2021. Winning artworks will be exhibited and auctioned to the public online. All proceeds from the sale of the artworks will go to the BT BAF.  

Mr Wong Wei Kong, Editor of The Business Times, and Board Member of TRCL, said: “We hope that through this competition, young visual art students will be empowered knowing their talents are given visibility. Through the use of their talent, they also have the power to help those in need. We look forward to seeing what the next generation is communicating to our community and to the world at large.” 

Submission deadline: Friday, 19 November 2021.  

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

Competition website: https://www.therice.sg/13-19-art-prize 


Important Dates  

Registration: Fri 21 May to Sat 30 Oct 2021 

Submissions: Mon 15 Nov  to Fri 19 Nov 2021 

Announcement of Winners: Wed 8 Dec 2021 

Exhibition and Online Auction: Mid-December 2021  


Ms Kim Chan
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13-19 ART PRIZE 

The 13-19 Art Prize is an inaugural nationwide art competition that recognises and celebrates our young art talents in Singapore. It hopes to challenge the creative potential of our youth and promote a diversity of artistic expressions. Winning artworks will be exhibited and put on auction. All proceeds to benefit The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF). As a fundraiser, the competition imparts the values of giving-back to the community to support their peers from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through BT BAF, these children will have the opportunity to nurture their artistic talents, build their self-esteem and develop their aspirations. trcl.sg/13-19-art-prize  


TRCL is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity with IPC (Institutions of Public Character) status. TRCL seeks to harness the potential of the arts to benefit under-served children and youths in the community. TRCL manages The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, arts training centres (The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth) in three locations across Singapore and two subsidiaries (Global Cultural Alliance Ltd and Millet Holdings Pte Ltd). trcl.sg

The Business Times  

The Business Times (BT), a member of the Singapore Press Holdings group, is South-east Asia’s leading financial daily. BT brings its readers daily corporate, financial, economic and political news, analysis and commentary on print and digital platforms. It provides readers with in-depth coverage of Singapore and Asian business and economic developments, as well as global trends that impact Singapore business. BT’s lifestyle journalists bring busy executives the latest in recreation, entertainment, the arts, design, food, and shopping. businesstimes.com.sg/ 

The Business Times Budding Artists Fund 

Initiated in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) originated from a conviction that no child with the strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources. Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 20,000 financially-disadvantaged children and youth, between the ages of six to 19 years old, through a variety of programmes including a structured arts training programme, arts camps, workshops and signature events. BT BAF supports arts training centres, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square @ Orchard Central, and is managed by TRCL. baf.sg