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BRIEF September 11, 2019

Thailand Young Artists: Our Country, Our Future


Announcement of the art competition results

There are 13.3 million children under the age of 18 in Thailand. What kind of future do they want for Thailand? What are the most important challenges they want to tackle now? What direction should Thailand take?

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration and launch of the new Country Partnership Framework between the Government of Thailand and the World Bank Group, the “Thailand Young Artists: Our Country, Our Future” campaign invites children and youth to share through artwork, their ideas, perspectives and the future direction they want for Thailand.

Themes and Mechanics

Through artwork using any medium, we invite youth to portray the future they want for Thailand. It should depict the artists’ ideas about how they want Thailand to progress, taking into consideration the critical issues facing the country today such as: a rapidly aging society, education and skills development, inequality, infrastructure and connectivity, climate change and environment sustainability, social inclusion, and the role of peace and technology/innovation in Thailand, etc.


Open to all children, youth, and schools who are interested in using art to help build society’s understanding of critical issues facing Thailand. There will be 3 age group categories for artwork entries:

  • 12 years and younger age group
  • 13-17 age group
  • 18-24 age group

Rules and guidelines

  • You can use any medium to create your artwork. Be creative and use your imagination. (for drawing / painting artworks, it must be in A3 size)
  • You can only submit one artwork per person. It must be original and not exhibited elsewhere before
  • The World Bank is an international organization that works in a multicultural environment where the works of art it displays reflect the different countries and their cultures. The philosophy of the organization respects cultural and religious diversity. For this reason, the World Bank limits the depiction of religious images, sexual subjects, nudes, and/or works with a marked political content that might be deemed offensive or inappropriate.
  • The artworks must not contain hazardous substances or materials deemed to be inflammable, radioactive, perishable, or gasses. Nor will works be admitted that are made of feathers, coral, or animal hides.


12 years and younger age group

  • First prize:15,000 baht, plaque, and certificate
  • Second prize: 10,000 baht and certificate

13-17 age group

  • First prize: 15,000 baht, plaque, and certificate
  • Second prize: 10,000 baht and certificate

18-24 age group

  • First prize: 15,000 baht
  • Second prize: 10,000 baht


*9 honorary mentions will receive a certificate and artwork will be exhibited at the launch

**All first and second prize winners will receive financial support (travel and accommodation to attend the exhibition launch)


Each artist needs to submit the artwork, with the following information:

  • Name of the artist
  • Title of the work
  • Contact details (telephone, email, address)
  • Technique
  • Maximum 150-word artistic caption about the artwork being submitted in Thai or English in relation to the theme

Please send all submissions to:

P.O. Box 27, Klongsan Post Office, Bangkok 10604
E-mail: wb.artcontest@gmail.com (for digital art submissions)

Deadline: October 21, 2019 (CLOSED)
Announcement of winners: November 2, 2019 through the World Bank Thailand Facebook page -- Announcement has been postponed to November 15, 2019

Judging Criteria

Entries will be evaluated based on the following elements of artistic expression:

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme
  • Creativity and originality of the theme
  • Quality of artistic composition


The artworks will be featured in an exhibit at the Thailand-World Bank Group Country Partnership Framework Launch in November 2019.  We expect about 100 guests including those from the government, diplomatic community, development partners, NGOs, academia/researchers, and media to attend.  After the reception, the winning entries will be exhibited in a public space. The artwork will be promoted through social media and website accounts of the World Bank.


The artwork remains the property of the participating artists. If the World Bank or any partner organization would like to use images of the works beyond the scope of the exhibition at the CPF launch and other events, it will be used with due credit. The images of the works may be reproduced in the promotional material (posters, invitations, website), as well as any other materials deemed educational.

For more information


Email: wb.artcontest@gmail.com

Line: @artcontest