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Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards

Posted by on Saturday, 3 July, 2010 at 8:00 AM. Filed under: News

Another art competition! Reminds me of the time when I was young and I used to enter alot of coloring competitions. I once won a consolation prize: chocolate bars. Prizes for THESE competitions are a few thousand ringgits, but I wonder, if the principles are any different…

Anyway. Owned by YTL Corp, Starhill Gallery is… not really a gallery, but a glitzy shopping mall in downtown KL, that also happens to house a few galleries. Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards (VAA) is part of theĀ Starhill Gallery Arts Festival that runs from 1 – 30 July 2010. The festival’s theme is 1Malaysia. 1Passion. 1Celebration and the Visual Arts Awards theme is ‘NOW!’. Very urgent.

Judges for the competition are artists Jalaini Abu Hassan, Eric Quah and New York-based Eng Tay.

If you’re going to enter, please read the guidelines carefully. 6 prizes of RM5,000 will be awarded. However, the winning entries become the property of Starhill Gallery, so if you win, you won’t get to keep your artwork.

More information and download the application formĀ here.



Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards is an art competition that aims to elevate the Malaysian art scene with exciting opportunities for young and upcoming artists to showcase their talent with potential for fame and success. VAA also aims to promote works that explore complex ideas, display innovative use of materials that will display artistic skill and experimentations that are in line with the Global Art dialogue. Join us now if you want to be a part of this elevation of Malaysia’s Fine Art.

Top 6 winners will be awarded a cash prize of RM5000 each and a certificate of recognition.


1. By 30 July 2010, please send CD and hard-copies to YTL Platinum Lounge (please refer to the clause 7 for details).

2. By 7 August 2010, you will be notified by way of email after the first selection.

3. By 21 August 2010, the semi-finalists must send in their work of art at their own cost to Starhill Gallery. Please contact YTL Platinum Lounge at 03-2782 3882/3888 between 11.00am to 7.00pm for more information on delivery and storage.

4. By 15 October 2010, the semi-finalists must collect their work of art at their own cost from Starhill Gallery.



1.1 This competition is open to all Malaysian citizens residing in Malaysia who are below the age of 35 as on 30 July 2010. All entrants must submit a copy of their identity card when submitting their entries. Participation is free of charge.

1.2 Entrants must not have held more than three (3) solo exhibitions in Malaysia or abroad prior to the submission date. Entry form for the award can be downloaded fromwww.starhillgallery.com/VAA.


2.1 This is a two-dimensional and three-dimensional art award. Submission is restricted to painting, sculpture, photography and drawing in two-dimensional or three-dimensional form.

2.2 Entrants may only submit one (1) work in compliance to the theme – NOW!. The work must be recent (not more than 2 years) and must be original unaided work.

2.3 Size is restricted to not larger than 1.5m x 1.5m and not smaller than 0.6m x 0.6m for two-dimensional work and not larger than 2m x 2m x 2m for three-dimensional work.

2.4 The Organizer reserves the right to exclude any entry that may pose presentation problem.


3.1 All entries will be reviewed and selected according to the following criteria:-

a) Physical quality of work

b) Usage of art elements and design principles

c) Theme and concept

d) Material usage and experimentation and

e) Originality


4.1 Entries in the VAA will be selected by a panel of jury. The panel of jury will be carefully chosen from established senior artists, senior art lecturers, museum curators and prominent art collectors.

4.2 The Organizer reserves the right not to award any of the stipulated prizes should entries fail to meet the competition and submission requirements. All decisions by the panel of jury are final.


5.1 The Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards 2010 is a national level award with prize award and there shall be two (2) stages of jury selection as stipulated in clause 8 hereof.


6.1 The prizes for the award are as follow:-

a) Top six (6) entries will each receive RM 5,000.

b) All forty (40) semi-finalists will each receive a Certificate of Recognition.

6.2 All winning entries will automatically be the property of YTL Land Sdn Bhd .

6.3 All entries will assign to the organizer the right to reproduce their works in the press, television Internet websites and/or publicity and print materials e.g. brochures, calendars, catalogues, greeting cards, etc. produced in connection with the Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards or otherwise before, during and/or after the award.

6.4 In addition, all finalists will allow their work to be showcased in the Starhill Gallery Arts Festival Exhibition for a period of up to one (1) month from 1 September – 30 September 2010. Thereafter the work will be returned to the artists except for the top six (6).


7.1 Entries should be send/deliver by hand or post to the YTL Platinum Plus Lounge, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, between 11.00am to 7.00pm by 30 July 2010. Entry shall contain a CD and hard-copy of the following:

a) Photo images of your work of art in high resolution for two-dimensional work of art

b) Four (4) photo images of your work of art in high resolut ion for
three-dimensional work showing your work of art from four (4) angles (front view, top view and side views)

c) A copy of entry form

d) A copy of identity card

e) A copy of written description of the work including:-

The title
The medium used
The dimension of your work of art
Date of production
Estimation of the price of your work of art
At least half a page to one (1) page description of the intention
oF your work of art and including pictures of your work of art

f) A copy of bio-data of the artist including:-

Name and date of birth
Art education background
E-mail address
Contact number (including mobile number)
Previous exhibitions, award accolade

IMPORTANT: Kindly paste your name on the CD for easy reference.
Submission by mail unless by registered mail is not proof of receipt.

7.2 The panel of jury shall undertake the first selection after the submission of the CDs from the 1 August 2010.

7.3 The artists of selected work of art will be informed by way of email.

7.4 The artists must send / deliver their work of art at the artist’s own cost from 7 August – 21 August 2010 to the YTL Platinum Plus Lounge, Relish Floor, Starhill Gallery, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, between 11.00am to 7.00pm (you may contact the YTL Platinum Plus Lounge at 03-2782 3882/3888 for information).

7.5 The work must be ready for exhibition, framed, if appropriate, and have a proper hanging system. The Organiser reserve the right to disqualify any works of art that is not so and the Organiser shall not be obliged to assist in fixing any work of art to be ready for exhibition.

7.6 Any work of art sent to the Organiser after the deadline of 21 August 2010 shall be disqualified.

7.7 Entrants must include an estimate value or sale price along with the work submitted if they wish for the work to be sold though the final sale price during the exhibition may be different.

7.8 The sale price will be used as an indication of the final value of the work for sale and will not influence the jury selection.

7.9 Artists should also indicate if their artwork is not for sale.


8.1 The selection process shall consist of two (2) stages.

8.2 At the first selection, the panel of jury will review and select forty (40) pieces of work of art from the all entries.

8.3 These forty (40) semi-finalists will then qualify for the final selection. At the final selection, the panel of jury will select six (6) finalists from the forty (40) semi-finalists.

8.4 The work of art of the forty (40) semi-finalists will be retained by the Organizer, from the time of submission till the end of the Starhill Gallery Arts Festival Exhibition.

8.5 The work of art of the forty (40) semi-finalists except the six (6) winning entries will be returned to the artists after the exhibition.

8.6 The semi-finalists are required to pick up their work at their own cost between the dates of 1 October – 15 October 2010.

8.7 The Organiser will not be responsible for the work of art nor be liable for any damage or loss thereto. Any work of art that is not picked up after this date shall be deemed as the property of the Organiser and the Organiser may deal with it in any manner that they deem appropriate in the interest of art promotion.


9.1 All selected work of art, including the top six (6), will be exhibited at the Starhill Gallery Arts Festival from 1 September – 30 September 2010.

9.2 Prizes will be presented to all prize-winning artists at the Starhill Gallery Arts Festival Gala Night on 30 September 2010.


10.1 Submission of entries signifies acceptance of the rules and regulations of the award.

10.2 Whilst all possible care will be taken of the entries submitted, the Organizer, however, assumes no responsibility for any loss of, or damage to, the entries before, during and/or after the award.

10.3 The Organizer reserves the rights to amend the dates and schedules as may be necessary without prior notice.

Photos from Starhill Gallery Visual Arts Awards Facebook group page. Credits: Haffendi Anuar.

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  1. haffendi says
    03/07/2010 1:00 PM

    Hey that photo is mine, uploaded by me on the VAA facebook group, no photo credit??? :C

  2. admin says
    03/07/2010 1:06 PM

    Hi Haffendi,

    Sincere apologies for the oversight. Have made corrections. We usually credit or state the image source, but missed out on this one. Thanks for heads up!


  3. haffendi says
    03/07/2010 1:08 PM

    OHH saw it, sorry guys, thanks

  4. esc says
    04/07/2010 2:31 AM

    the theme is “now”? OR 1 malaysia,1passion,1celebration?

  5. admin says
    04/07/2010 12:19 PM

    Esc, as reported in The Star, the theme of the Starhill Gallery Arts Festival is 1Malaysia 1Passion 1Celebration. The theme of the Visual Arts Awards (which is part of the festival) is ‘NOW!’.


  6. ESLOW says
    14/07/2010 1:26 PM

    mean that in my artwork i can paint whatever,as long as link to the theme “NOW”?

  7. Gan How Ming says
    10/08/2010 7:40 PM

    hey guys~~ when did the semi-finalist namelist will come out? Can’t wait to see who is in~~

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