Singapore’s largest arts enclave, with sixteen contemporary art galleries, three restaurants and the Centre for Contemporary Art, is housed in this idyllic precinct. Located in former army barracks along Alexandra Road, the complex is one where art collectors, or simply art lovers, can escape the city crowds and immerse themselves in a haven of art. Friendly gallerists are always ready to share their knowledge and expertise, helping you to continue or just begin your journey through the art world.
Galleries: Have a look at Gillman Barrack’s website (https://gillmanbarracks.com/) to browse the galleries. Don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number of them- select a few that call out to you, and plan your day’s route accordingly.
Experts: Always ask the gallerists, the experts on what Gillman Barracks has to offer! Sharing your tastes and interests will allow them to suggest suitable artists and galleries to look out for.
Time frame: Take your time to slowly discover each gallery, as you may not cover the entire 6.4hr site in a day. Remember-there is always next weekend!
Getting There: The nearest MRT Train Station is Labrador Park (Circle Line station CC27). Buses 51, 57, 61, 83, 97, 97e, 100, 166, 175, 408, 963 or 963E stop at bus stop no. 15059 opposite Alexandra Point, Alexandra Road. By car, Gillman Barracks is a ten-minute drive from the city, and is accessible via two entrances:
1. Malan Road (turn in from Alexandra Road) [Main Entrance]
2. Lock Road (turn in from Depot Road)
Getting Around: It is a large site 6.4hr with uneven terrain, so please wear comfy shoes and wear a cap/ bring a brolly in case of rain! The site is also family and pram-friendly, but there is fair bit of walking distance between galleries and restaurants. Temporary shelters and linked pathways are a work in progress.
Day Off: Galleries close on Mondays and Public Holidays
Cultural organisation ‘Friends of the Museums’ (https://www.fom.sg/) have trained docents to give public guided tours at Gillman Barracks. These guided tours will provide insights to the world-class contemporary artworks located within Gillman Barracks and an introduction to the rich history and nature of the site. Tours run on a weekly basis from Fridays to Sundays, at varied timings.
Centre for Contemporary Art
43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443
The CCA–Centre for Contemporary Art is a research centre of Nanyang Technological University, developed with support from the Economic Development Board, Singapore. Located in Gillman Barracks alongside a cluster of international galleries, the CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its various platforms: exhibitions, residencies and research
Tue–Sun 12–7 pm
Fri 12–9 pm
Theatrical Fields at the Centre for Contemporary Art- this exhibition introduces theatricality as a critical strategy in performance, film and video. A series of public programmes, including a symposium, will further explore the notion and potential of theatricality as a critical tool in contemporary art and culture. Opens 23rd August 2014
Gillman Barrack’s 2nd anniversary party- look out for this in late September 2014. More information coming your way!
8 Lock Road, #01-17, Singapore 108936
Inspired by the colonial heritage of Gillman Barracks, Masons offers European cuisine with a strong French influence and a Singaporean touch. Opening hours: 1130am to 11pm daily
T: +65 6694 2216
Timbre @ Gillman
9A Lock Road, #01-05, Singapore 108926
Integrating music, food and art is the newest Timbre experience at Gillman Barracks. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
T: +65 6694 4201
The Naked Finn
41 Malan Road, #01-13, Singapore 109443
The Naked Finn promises a no-frills alfresco grill in the lush greenery of Gillman Barracks. Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 6pm-12am, Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
T:+65 6694 0807
Photos and information courtesy of https://gillmanbarracks.com/
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