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The 10 Best Street Art Spots in Singapore

The 10 Best Street Art Spots in Singapore
© Kars Alfrink / Flickr
Did you know that despite Singapore’s reputation for clean streets and strict rules, there is a flourishing street art scene? While unsanctioned vandalism of public property still faces harsh punishment, more property owners have started to open up their blank walls, allowing local and international street artists to showcase their creativity in public spaces. Here are ten spots where you can find the best street art in Singapore.

Victoria Street

Fans of Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic‘s works don’t have to go to Penang to see his art – he has several works, featuring his trademark images of local children playing, scattered along this stretch of road between Arab Street and Jalan Sultan. The piece with an actual supermarket shopping cart is especially popular. Also of note is the giant camera-shaped building that houses the Vintage Cameras Museum, with a mural by Singaporean artist Ceno2 on its side.

People love to pose with this real shopping cart © Kars Alfrink / Flickr

Haji Lane

Hipsters love Haji Lane for its many indie boutique retail outlets – but what attracts the photographers are the Insta-worthy murals that cover the walls of the shophouses near the Beach Road junction. Colombian artist Didier Jaba Mathieu’s futuristic pop-colour characters feature prominently, but don’t miss the alleyway that connects to Arab Street which features works by Ceno2, Yok & Sheryo and local crew ZincNiteCrew.

Visitors love the colourful murals as backdrops to their shots along Haji Lane © Angela Koblitz / Culture Trip

Aliwal Street

Pop into the alleyway behind the Aliwal Arts Centre and you’ll find an ever-changing canvas of works on the back walls. This is thanks mostly to local crew RSCLS, who have a studio space in Aliwal Arts Centre alongside many of Singapore’s prominent performing arts groups. Pop over to Sultan Arts Centre across the street to find graffiti shop The Blackbook Studio and you may even chance upon the artists at work on the long panels in its yard.

Artists at work at Aliwal Arts Centre © Singapore Art Week

Tekka Centre

Market
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Psyfool Street Art Little India
Work by Psyfool for Artwalk Little India depicting the traditional tradesmen of the district | © Jaclynn Seah / The Occasional Traveller
A popular market and hawker food spot in Singapore, there are several murals to be found around the market complex. This is thanks to the annual ARTWALK Little India, an outdoor arts festival that commissions local and international artists to create works celebrating the culture of this Indian heritage district. Check out Buffalo Road, Race Course Road and Bellilos Lane for various murals that pay tribute to past landmarks and customs unique to Little India.
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6:30 am - 9:00 pm
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*SCAPE

Shopping Mall, Park
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Street art at Scape, Singapore
Murals and graffiti decorate the walls of the SCAPE complex | © Jaclynn Seah / The Occasional Traveller
The youth-oriented *SCAPE hub has both indoor and outdoor walls covered with friendly, bright murals by young street artists that are refreshed every few months. For something a little more raw and less regulated, cross the road towards the Scape Youth Park where you will find budding graffiti throw-ups along the low walls around this area.
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Somerset Skate Park

Skate Park
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Singapore Somerset Skate Park Graffiti
Graffiti covers the ramps at Somerset Skate Park | © Froisnaidu / Flickr
The Somerset Skate Park is one of the only places in Singapore where street art can be created freely on the walls and ramps without anyone needing to get prior permission first (unlike most of the commissioned walls around the island). Besides the walls, you will find graffiti scrawled across the ramps and floor, too.
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222 Queen Street

Building
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Singapore Street Art - 222 Queen Street
A collaboration between Singaporean and Thai street artists | © Jaclynn Seah / The Occasional Traveller
Art is in abundance in this district with the Singapore Art Museum, National Museum and various private galleries within a stone’s throw – but of biggest note to street art lovers is the long wall on the side of 222 Queen Street that connects to Waterloo Street. This long wall is an outdoor gallery for various street art projects, the latest being a collaborative project between Singaporean and Thai street artists.
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Chinatown Complex

Market
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Singapore Street Art Chinatown Complex BruceLee
A humorous mural of Bruce Lee and all things Singaporean and Chinese | © Jaclynn Seah / The Occasional Traveller
Home to Singapore’s largest hawker centre and a sprawling market on its lower floors, the walls and pillars of Chinatown Complex and its surroundings showcase murals that depict the history of Chinatown and the daily lives of the Chinese immigrants living in Singapore. Most of these works are a result of student and community-led projects.
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Everton Road

This hipster district is known for great coffee and several famous heritage murals by Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong, whose art is tinged with nostalgia and a dose of wit as he chronicles what life used to be like back in the day on the walls around Everton Road; from back alley barbers to old school provision shops.

Mural of old shops and life found in this area © Jaclynn Seah / The Occasional Traveller

The Substation

Art Gallery, Music Venue
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Singapore Street Art - Substation Back Wall RSCLS
A combined artwork by Singaporean and Indonesian street artists at the back of the Substation | © Jaclynn Seah / The Occasional Traveller
This independent contemporary arts centre was once an actual substation, but these days produces powerful art performances instead of any electricity. The walls along the sides of the building facing the Peranakan Museum and live music venue Timbre are home to various street art works, which successfully bring to life an otherwise dreary side street.
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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