Located in a lush tropical setting, Gillman Barracks is the perfect place to take in an afternoon of art and culture. The galleries host an impressive collection of contemporary art by a range of artists from internationally famous to up-and-comers from around Asia, including Chinese political activist Ai Weiwei, Indonesian duo indieguerillas and many more.
Last September you said, "My heart is in the most peaceful place it has been for a decade." Do you still feel that way? Yes. If you see my show in 798, there's one foundation stone missing under the pillar. I replaced it with a crystal block. It's transparent. I put a piece of paper with a message there that my son wrote to me: "Xin ping er hao," meaning that if your heart is at peace, then the world will act accordingly. My son, only six years old, made up this sentence. I feel more peaceful than ever.
Gillman Barracks is not just for art lovers, but has exciting food and drink on offer as well. Experience meticulously prepared, high-end seafood at The Naked Finn, or go casual and dig in on some pub grub and craft beer at the Red Baron. At night, make the switch from contemporary art to live music at Timbre, a hipster enclave and showcase for local bands.
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for Gillman Barracks. In 2015, five of the 17 commercial galleries elected not to renew their leases due to slow sales and low visitor numbers. In an attempt to increase the number of people passing through the grounds, they have added some exciting events to their calendar. The Gillman Barracks Farmers’ Market is a monthly market featuring an eclectic range of local food vendors – like the Sea Farmers of Ubin, that sells freshly-farmed, shucked-while-you-wait oysters – art sellers and activities like woodworking and silkscreen painting.
Join us for this Sunday's Farmers Market at Gillman Barracks. 21 Aug 2016, 9.30am to 3pm. We bring together a bunch of local growers and makers, including Ah Hua Kelong, Sea Farmers at Ubin and Nutrinest Honey. There will also be popup food stalls, including Acai bowls by Selva foods & brunch bowls by Red Baron.
Another event hoping to raise the profile of the arts collective and contemporary art in general, is the twice-monthly Art After Dark. On Friday nights, Gillman Barracks hopes to attract the young, professional crowd with this event. Featuring food pop-ups (the Singaporean version of food trucks) from around the island, performance art pieces and local musicians, Gillman Barracks wants to be seen as an exciting location for locals to hang out. Although the future is uncertain for Gillman Barracks, they are working hard to maintain a much-needed space for contemporary art in Singapore.
[SAVE THE DATE] We celebrate our 4th Anniversary with a precinct wide open house on Friday 23 September & Saturday 24 September! . Expect new exhibitions by the galleries, guest exhibitions by the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival (@sipfsg) and the inaugural Supermama Porcelain Festival (@supermamasg). There will also be outdoor F&B pop-ups, a showcase of home-grown music acts, live mural painting by Singapore artist Speak Cryptic (@speakcryptic) and an official after party at Red Baron (@redbaronsg) on Friday night’s Art After Dark event. . For visitors who prefer a daytime outing to the Barracks, the celebrations continue on Saturday at Art Day Out!, with open studios of NTU CCA Singapore’s (@ntu_ccasingapore) Artists-in-Residence, artist-led talks and workshops, family-friendly art activities, guided tours, a farmers’ market and more. . Art After Dark: Fri 23 Sep, 7PM-11PM . Art Day Out!: Sat 24 Sep, 2PM-7PM . RSVP on our Facebook event page and watch this space for more details! #gillmanbarracks #celebrations #four #artafterdark #gbartafterdark #aad #artdayout #ado #gbartdayout #anniversary #fouryearsold #weturnfour #savethedate #newexhibitions #art #sgart #galleries #food #music #singapore #late #happenings #mustgo #mustsee #families #openhouse #activties #thingstodo #festivals
Gillman Barracks is also a stage for the Singapore Biennale, an immense contemporary art festival that takes place every few years. The fifth Singapore Biennale will be running from October 27th, 2016 until February 26th, 2017. Over the course of the festival, the event will feature contemporary works from over 60 artists with a significant focus on Asia. The title of this year’s festival, An Atlas of Mirrors, looks to explore the shared histories of the region with artists considering different perspectives on how to see the world. Visit the Singapore Biennale online to learn more about their programming as the event gets closer.