Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize

Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize

26 Nov 2020 Gallery

The Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize is for young Southeast Asian artists who create digital art – working with a medium of the future.

By dedicating the Prize to the digital image, a medium that is already fast becoming the visual currency of everyday life in the twenty-first century, we wish to engage and empower the talent of the future.

The Prize underlines the importance of Julius Baer’s support of the arts and young talent, as well as a recognition of the current shifting frontiers in life and work.

“We are pleased to extend Julius Baer’s long tradition of supporting the arts to Asia, the Bank’s second home market. With this inaugural Next Generation Art Prize, we hope to nurture and empower young artistic talent, and discover and promote emerging voices, ideas, and expressions in Asia”, said Jimmy Lee, Head Asia Pacific and Member of the Executive Board, Julius Baer.

“With the Next Generation Art Prize attracting talent from Southeast Asia, we are excited to play a role in developing the region’s burgeoning art scene and promoting a culturally diverse, technologically-oriented arts community. The focus on digital technology is a reflection of its increasing value as a conduit of business and leisure as the world shifts with the advent of the current pandemic”, said Jason Moo, Head Private Banking Southeast Asia, and Branch Manager, Julius Baer Singapore.

Next Generation is our vision of the future – a future shaped by megatrends that we identify and translate into investment themes for today. Our main Next Generation themes are: Arising Asia, Digital Disruption, Energy Transition, Feeding the World, Future Cities, Shifting Lifestyles and Inequality as well as Sustainability. One criteria of the Next Generation Art Prize is that entries must reflect at least one of these themes. 

The Prize is focused on awarding artists working with the digital image. There are two categories of submission: still images and moving images. We welcome applications that include the following media: digital painting and drawing, digital photography, digital print, digitally manipulated image, digital video, virtual or augmented reality artwork.


Still images

1st prize: USD 15,000

2nd prize: USD 10,000

3rd prize: USD 5,000


Moving images

1st prize: USD 15,000

2nd prize: USD 10,000

3rd prize: USD 5,000


The Judges

Barbara Staubli

Barbara Staubli studied history, art history and media relations at the University of Zurich. After several years working for internationally active galleries, she joined Bank Julius Baer in 2011 and took over as Head of the Art Department in 2014. As curator of the collection, she is responsible for the management of more than 5,000 works of art by contemporary Swiss artists and the strategic development of the collection. Barbara Staubli is also a member of the art committee that is responsible for new acquisitions and has been a member of various juries in the field of contemporary art in recent years.

Audrey Yeo

Audrey Yeo is the founder of Contemporary Art Gallery Yeo Workshop based in Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Besides curating contemporary art exhibitions, she has produced multiple art initiatives and public art projects such as the inaugural edition of S.E.A. Focus – an STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery project (2019) and the public art project ’Twenty Twenty’ at 2 Cavan Road, a former ship repair warehouse. She also represents the estates for pioneering Singaporean artists including Loke Hong Seng and Solamalay Namasivayam.

Cheryl Loh

Dr Cheryl Loh is one-half of the art-collecting duo that forms the John and Cheryl Chia Collection. A psychiatrist by profession, she is based in Singapore and has been a committed collector for about 20 years. Alongside her husband, their collection comprises around 300 contemporary works from across Asia, including works by artists Tang Da Wu, Ho Rui An, Fyerool Darma, Manit Sriwanichpoom, and teamLab. Her preference for collecting art is never limited to a specific type, often intrigued by works that encourage further discussions.

Inti Guerrero

Inti Guerrero has been Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, Manila, since 2018, and the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, England, since 2016. He was Curator of the 38th EVA International - Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2018), and Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose (2011-2014).

Wiyu Wahono

Wiyu Wahono was born and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and began collecting art in 1999. His basis for collecting is to reflect the zeitgeist, or spirit of the time, in not only traditional media, but also contemporary media such as sound, light, digital and other new media artworks. His art collection has been exhibited in various places including the Liechtenstein National Museum, the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, the Asia Society Museum New York, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, and various others across Asia.


Who is eligible?

The competition is open to artists who are:

Residents of the following Southeast Asian countries*: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam.
Aged 18 to 40 years old, as of 28 February 2021.

*Submissions made by persons who are nationals of one of the qualifying countries but are not resident in that qualifying country, or who have given up citizenship in a qualifying country, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.



The deadline for submission of entry forms is February 28, 2021 23:59 p.m. SGT. No late submissions will be entertained.


A write-up of the Next Generation prize is available here:



The terms and conditions of the prize are detailed here:



Entry forms are available online here:



Should there be any queries, please do contact Audrey Yeo at audrey@yeoworkshop.com.