Photo by Muneerah Bee
Apart from art…
What used to be a military camp, Gillman Barracks is now home to some of the best contemporary art from around the world.
The visual art precinct currently houses 12 diverse galleries from Asia Pacific, Europe and the US. But even if you’re not into art, there are still other great reasons to drop by.
Gillman Barracks hosts some really awesome events and parties, and they’ve proved to be a great way to spend a day out with friends and family.
Their signature Art After Dark event will have the art galleries open till late with performances and activities happening at different parts of the venue, while the Art Day Out! open house series invites you to tour the galleries there with some special programmes.
Sounds interesting? Don’t miss the Singapore Art Week edition of Art After Dark on 17 January.
NEXT: Art galleries →
But really, you can’t talk about Singapore’s visual arts cluster without mentioning the fine art that is available there within a walking distance. Top picks include Yeo Workshop, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Sullivan + Strumpf, Mizuma Gallery and Ota Fine Arts.
Read more about the owner and producer of button-pushing Yeo Workshop here.
And don’t forget to spot some beautiful street art on the walls of the buildings (they make a great backdrop for your selfies) and some outdoor sculptures.
NEXT: NTU CCA Singapore →
This national research centre of Nanyang Technological University is not just a space for exhibitions and international residencies. It also supports research and academic education and provides artists with an adequate space for developing ideas. Want to be a part of it? You can join the discourse by attending the lectures, workshops, open studios, film screenings, and other events there.
43 Malan Road, 109443
NEXT: Great eats →
You’ll never go hungry at Gillman Barracks. There are currently seven awesome eateries in the area and you’ll have plenty to choose from — affordable European cuisine, an alfresco seafood grill, a popular burger joint or even a cool bikers’ den.
And I always stop by for some yummy ice cream from Creamier (pictured) when I’m there! The ice creams are handcrafted in small batches every day and they’re great for cooling down after a day of walking around.
Photo by Muneerah Bee
NEXT: Playeum →
Dubbed as a children’s centre for creativity, the Playeum is Singapore’s first dedicated creative space for kids from one to 12 years old with two interactive exhibitions yearly.
The current hands-on exhibition I-Opener (until 26 April ) features the aesthetic and sensory play-worlds inspired by the artistic designs and creations of four artists with a disability, Dr Dawn-joy Leong, Cavan Chang, Sol Pickens and Jo Devadason.
You can also book party packages at the venue for your little one’s birthday celebrations.
#01-23, 47 Malan Road, 109444
NEXT: Pop up events →
From 11 to 19 January, head over to Gillman Barracks for a week of visual arts events, featuring 28 programmes, 34 galleries and 92 artists from around the world as part of the Singapore Art Week!
Gillman Barracks is located at 9 Lock Road, 108937.
By Muneerah Bee, November 2016 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, January 2020
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