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Gilman Barracks: Asia’s new contemporary arts enclave?

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Gilman Barracks

Gilman Barracks

I recently popped by the opening of Gilman Barracks in mid-Sep, Singapore’s latest art and lifestyle enclave housed in refurbished buildings set amongst tropical greenery that were formerly British military barracks dating back to the 1930s and most recently Gilman Village, a F&B cluster popular for its tranquil ambience and colonial feel.

The S$10 million 6.4 hectre development is envisioned as a one-stop destination for quality contemporary art from across Asia, and will provide about 4,200 sqm for art galleries when completed, along with another 4,800 sqm of space dedicated to arts-related activities such as artist studios, an art research center (Centre for Contemporary Art led by Nanyang Technological University) which will focus on artist residencies, research and exhibitions in addition to dining establishments. Gillman Barracks is jointly developed by Singapore government agencies in a bid to enhance Singapore’s standing as an Asian contemporary arts hub.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Opening Night

The art galleries pulled out all the stops for their opening shows, and among the luminaries who were at the opening night were Japanese pop artists Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito, Chinese painter Zhang Enli, Filipino installation artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan flown in by their representing galleries. Among the most expensive pieces seen were Painter & Model by Pablo Picasso priced at 4.2 million euros (S$6.7million) at Partners & Mucciaccia gallery; Miss Highland by cult artist Yoshitomo Nara (price undisclosed) at Tomio Koyama Gallery; and paintings and sculptures by Yayoi Kusama priced between US$285,000 and US$345,000 (S$348,000 and S$421,000) at Ota Fine Arts.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Brotherhood of Man by Tang Da Wu at FOST Gallery

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Love her feathered sling bag & bright smile!

Gilman Barracks Singapore

FOST Gallery

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Video Installation by Joo Choon Lin

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Photos by Joo Choon Lin

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Titled in homage to the late Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres (who named all of his works ‘Untitled’, followed by a parenthetical subtitle), as well as referencing Singapore’s ranking on 2012’s Happy Planet Index, visitors are invited to take a happy badge home.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

My friend’s restaurant. There are two other dining spots there – The Naked Finn and Timbre@Gilman.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Masons

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Gilman Barracks Singapore

The location is definitely beautiful, but my friends and I felt that the galleries were a bit too spread out, so one may lose the feel of art shopping after a while. A useful tip when visiting – wear comfortable shoes (I brought home two blisters as souvenirs). It’s a nice, tranquil place to chill out though, that you may lose sense of being in Singapore. I can imagine coming here with my date or simply chilling over drinks with my girlfriends.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Love the building

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Michael Janssen Gallery, one of the more interesting and colourful galleries

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Art is not always high-brow. It can be accessible and hilarious.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

The former British colonial army barracks have cavernous rooms and high ceilings, making the buildings ideal for displaying art. I had a sudden urge to get my ceilings painted too.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Special commission by Heman Chong. As part of its opening exhibition (now till 30 Nov 2012), various spots at Gilman Barracks have been adorned with artworks by 16 local and international artists such as Heman Chong, Vertical Submarine, Donna Ong, Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Jang Min-Seung & Jung Jaeil (Korea), Yu Ji (China), etc. that highlight its unique environment.Weekend Walking Tour of Gilman Barrack – Chronicling the Contemporary & Historical
Now – 11 November 2012; Free for public
TOUR A: 11.00am till 12.30pm; TOUR B: 4.00pm till 5.30pm
Meeting Point: Entrance of Block 1
Weekday tours available on an ad hoc basis (minimum 10 persons required).
Register for tours: +65 6873 9505 | enquiries@artoutreachprogram.org
Tours provide a comprehensive introduction to Gillman Barracks as a premier contemporary art destination. Tour participants will visit a selection of galleries where art pieces that best articulate key themes and issues on contemporary art will be presented and discussed. The tour will also introduce various art disciplines and practices at Gillman Barracks: creation, curation, exhibition and study. The history, architecture and cultural value of the Gillman Barracks site will also be presented during the tour.

Gilman Barracks Singapore

These are pretty interesting – they are carved from steel

Gilman Barracks Singapore

Yo, what’s up Gandhi? *wink*

With Art Stage, Affordable Art Fair and now, Gilman Barracks established, it would be interesting to see how the art world responds to Singapore as Asia’s contemporary arts hub. It’s great to see how the government is beginning to take a serious stance towards the arts and livening up the Singapore arts scene with many art-related events such as the Night Festival, Children’s Season, Museum Open House, etc. as well as interesting public art. So even if you are not an art buyer, there’s always an arty-farty in all of us who will enjoy the (free) art around.

Gillman Barracks
9 Lock Rd
Singapore 108937
Website: www.gillmanbarracks.com
Opening Hours:
Mon & Public Holidays: Closed
Tues to Sat: 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Sun: 10:00AM to 6:00PM

How to get there
Nearest Train: Labrador Park
Nearest Bus Stop: Opposite Alexandra Point (Buses 51, 57, 61, 93, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963e)
By car: Turn in via Malan Road

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Author: spunktitud3

A little post by a fun-loving spunky gal in love with the quirky, the artsy and anything which inspires new creations. Read about her adventures on: spunktitud3.wordpress.com

2 thoughts on “Gilman Barracks: Asia’s new contemporary arts enclave?

  1. This looks like a great place – I’d love to go. I used to work in Singapore and really miss it.

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