Taking the form of a biennial competition, the Nanyang Technological University Global Digital Art Prize (NTU-GDAP) is where artistry, technological innovations and scientific interests collide. It recognises global artists, technologists and scientists with extraordinary creativity in digitally mediated art, design and cultural heritage. The Prize aims to nurture and catalyse the vast potential of creativity in digital art, culture, and technology to better the human condition. In the inaugural NTU-GDAP in 2019, the competition received 459 entries globally.

The theme for NTU-GDAP 2022 is Sustainable People, Inspiring Change. Developments in science and technology have accelerated at record speed, which significantly changed living standards but, at the same time, brought in complexity demanding more resources. The recent report by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that human activities are causing changes to the climate that are “widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and unprecedented in thousands of years”. The pandemic has also intensified the challenges that we are facing, such as inequality, poverty and domestic violence. It is imperative that we focus on building more equal, inclusive, and sustainable economies and societies to tackle our global challenges.

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.




“It is important for me to see Singapore as a new country that is developing very fast. It needs external inspirations from international artists to help the local community develop… new way of thinking in realising art. NTU is scaling it.”

Marco Barotti, Berlin
Winner, NTU-GDAP 2019 (International Category)


The theme for NTU-GDAP 2022 is Sustainable People, Inspiring Change. This competition seeks imaginative works that critically reflect on the impact of technological developments and scientific advancements on humanity and art as a way to engage conversations to galvanise change in the Anthropocene. The objectives of NTU-GDAP 2022 are: 

  • To recognise global artists, scientists, engineers and technologists with extraordinary creativity in digitally mediated art, design and cultural heritage
  • To nurture and catalyse the vast potential of creativity in digital art, culture and technology for the betterment of the human condition in the age of the Anthropocene
  • To create a platform that brings artists, researchers, and scholars globally to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate at the intersections of art, science, and technology towards benefiting society


15 March 2022

Call for submissions open

3 July 2022

Submission closed

June – July 2022

Evaluation of entries

July to early August 2022

Announcement of shortlisted entries

25 - 26 November 2022

Finals, Exhibition and Prize Ceremony


The NTU-GDAP is open to any interdisciplinary team with science-art-technology expertise, 18 years of age or older, from any country. The Local Students category welcomes submissions by teams of students studying full-time or part-time in Singapore only.

Works submitted must showcase creative appropriation at the intersection of science, technology and the arts.

Projects must not be more than three years old or otherwise, must showcase newness, that have significant updates or further developments in the past three years.


Teams may submit their works under, International Professionals and Local Students.

The International Professionals category welcomes interdisciplinary teams of artists, technologists, engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals from around the world.

The Local Students category welcomes teams of students from Singapore, full-time or part-time, as of the submission deadline, 2359 hrs GMT+8 on 3 July 2022. A student studying any subject can qualify.


Open Call ➝ Shortlisting ➝ Finals.

The competition is free to enter and open to interdisciplinary teams of international professionals and local students. Artwork must be related to the theme of NTU-GDAP 2022: Sustainable People, Inspiring Change. Artwork can be in any medium, size, format, genre or approach, but must engage digital media in its creation process at the crossings of science and technology with the arts.

The judging panel, which comprises of distinguished experts from all over the world will be looking out for artworks based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the theme
  • Artistic excellence and innovation
  • Integration of digital methods and components
  • Synergy between science (in its broader sense), technology, and the arts

The best submissions will be invited to showcase at the exhibition in Singapore in December 2022, with logistics, insurance, installation costs, travel, and accommodation covered. Shortlisted teams will also be able to further develop their projects towards the finals with financial support of up to S$2,000 and technical support (e.g. 3D printing of components) from partnering research labs and centers at NTU.

International ProfessionalsLocal Students
Top PrizeS$25,000Top PrizeS$10,000
CommendationS$6,000Commendation 1S$3,000
Commendation 2S$3,000
Commendation 3S$3,000


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

  • 2D, 3D, or 4D
  • AI and robotics in arts and culture
  • Animation
  • Bio-digital
  • Conceptual or poetic
  • Film and video
  • Installations
  • Interactive
  • Online, social media, and mixed media forms
  • Painting, photography, and wall-based work
  • Performative arts
  • Physical computing


Submission of proposals will only be open from 15 March 2022 to 3 July 2022.

All entries must be received by 2359 hrs GMT+8 on 3 July 2022.


Only shortlisted finalists and winners will be contacted by email.

For any enquiries, please feel free to approach us at [email protected].


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 interdisciplinary team of participants (the “Collective”) or, if the copyright belongs to a third party such as an agency, that the Collective 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 Collective. Any media used by NTU-GDAP shall carry the Collective’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 (NTU-GDAP), 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.