The Asia-Europe Young Artists’ Painting Competition was part of the ASEF’s programme to celebrate the 3rd Asia-Europe Summit in Seoul, Korea in October 2000. The painting competition was held on the theme “The New Millennium In My Dreams.” It was open to students from fine arts schools in ASEM member countries; 52 arts schools from 25 countries participated in the competition. The event sought to give European and Asian arts students the opportunity to show their talent, imagination, and creativity at an inter-regional level. Through the event, a network of young artists and arts institutions was established.
The following winners were selected from 167 entries:
1. Mr. Ye Zhenghua, “The Leaving Dreams,” China
2. Mr. Kent S. Mendoza, “It’s All In Our Hands, Philippines
3. Mr. Indra Widiyanto, “Waiting For The Death, Indonesia
A competition exhibition was held in Seoul Arts Centre on 18 October 2000 and the top three artists, together with 22 other young finalists, were invited to the exhibition’s opening.
Ms. Corinne de Ménonville , Consultant, Vietnamese Painting, France
Mr. Ong Kim Seng, Painter and President of the Watercolour Society, Singapore
Prof. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger, Rector, Academy of Fine Arts, Munster, Germany
Mr. Kamol Tassananchalee, National Artist in Visual Arts, Painting, and Mixed Media, Thailand
Prof. Zhong Han Deputy Director, Artistic Committee of Painting (Oil), Artists’ Association of China, China
The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
The National Arts Council, Singapore
Lee Foundation, Singapore
Asia-Pacific Breweries Foundation, Singapore