NTU Global Digital Art Prize 2019

The NTU Global Digital Art Prize (NTU GDAP) is organised by the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) and the School of Art, Design and Media. Taking the form of a biennial competition, it recognises global artists and technologists with extraordinary creativity in digitally mediated art, design and cultural heritage. The Prize is intended to nurture and catalyze the vast potential of creativity in digital art, culture and technology for the betterment of the human condition in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Prize is aligned with the University’s commitment to excellence in education, research, innovation, and public service, as well as its guiding interest in harnessing the power of science and technology for humanity.


The theme of the inaugural NTU GDAP is Fourth Industrial Revolution. The key components driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution include big data, the Internet of Things, robotics, artificial intelligence, real-time and deep data generation and analytics, 3D printing, machine learning, personalised health care and medicine, and cyber security. Their effectiveness in shaping the human condition in the 21st century will inevitably call for close integration of technological innovations with areas such as social sciences, ethics, policy, and digital arts and humanities.

We are looking for imaginative works where artistry and scientific interests collide. Science has long inspired art and artists of the past have shown how they harnessed the scientific zeitgeist of their times to advance their art. Fast forward to the 21st century and we see how science and technology have integrated seamlessly into our everyday lives. The ways in which art can engage with science are broadening and we are looking for works that embrace human imagination and creativity, as well as critical thinking and scientific rigor in the development of new technological solutions.


The competition is free to enter and open to international artists and local students. The prestigious NTU GDAP comprises a total of SGD$50,000 (USD 35,000) in prize money. We welcome submissions of new works to two categories: International Professionals and Local Students. Artists working in any genre of digital art are eligible, with more than 50% of the media engaged involving digital technology. The best submissions, selected by a panel of distinguished judges drawn from all over the world, will also have their debut showcase in October 2019.


The NTU GDAP is open to any living artist, 18 years of age or older, from any country. The Local Students category welcomes submissions by students studying full-time or part-time in Singapore only.

Works submitted must be new or have never been previously exhibited.


Submission of works will only be open from 17 December 2018 to 15 February 2019. All entries must be received by 2359 hrs GMT+8 on 15 February 2019.

Only shortlisted finalists and winners will be contacted by email.


Entry to the competition is free. Each participant is only allowed one submission.


There are two categories artists may submit their works under, International Professionals and Local Students.

The International Professionals category welcomes all artists from around the world.

The Local Students category welcomes all students from Singapore, full-time or part-time, as of the submission deadline, 2359 hrs GMT+8 on 15 February 2019. A student studying any subject can qualify.


Artwork must be related to the theme of NTU GDAP 2019: Fourth Industrial Revolution. Artwork can be in any medium, size, format, genre or approach and must engage digital media or processes in more than 50% of the work.


Accepted media (can include one or more of the following):

  • 2D, 3D, or 4D
  • AI and robotics
  • Animation
  • Bio-digital
  • Conceptual or poetic
  • Film and video
  • Immersive media
  • Installations
  • Interactive
  • Online, social media, and mixed media forms
  • Other experimental and emerging digital genres
  • Painting, photography, and Wall-based work
  • Performances
  • Physical computing


No signature, stamp or any other identifying mark is allowed anywhere on the entry.


Entrants warrant to the organisers that they own the work submitted, that the whole copyright in the work is vested in the Artist or, if the copyright belongs to a third party such as an agency, that the Artist has the right to submit the work free from encumbrances or restrictions and that if the work was commissioned for private and domestic purposes, it is submitted with the permission of the person who commissioned it.

Entrants warrant that, if their work is selected for exhibition, they have obtained the appropriate model releases from persons featured in their submitted photographs for all sales, marketing, educational and publicity uses and that no additional releases are required in respect of names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the work.

Copyright and all other rights remain that of the artist. Any media used by NTU GDAP shall carry the artist’s credit line. Use may include publication in any NTU GDAP media sponsor publication. All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by NTU GDAP for marketing and promotional purposes including in any media such as exhibitions, print and digital media directly related to the NTU GDAP competition, without further monetary compensation. Such free use shall only be in connection with the NTU GDAP and its promotion. By winning or placing in the competition you are agreeing to be included in the winners’ exhibition and catalogue.

Entries may be disqualified if any of the above criteria are not adhered to. The judges’ decision is final.


Neither the Nanyang Technological University Global Digital Art Prize, Nanyang Technological University, nor their associates, affiliates, or partners assumes any responsibility for works submitted in violation of competition rules, or for those which violate copyright regulations. NTU GDAP will investigate claims of copyright infringement to the best of its ability, and will remove and disqualify works that are clearly demonstrated to violate copyright and/or competition policies. NTU GDAP will act to maintain the integrity of the competition and its affiliated entities, but is not responsible for any damages resulting from works submitted in violation with rules and regulations.


More: ntu.edu.sg


Total Prize: 50,000 SGD – $35,000