New Arts Hub, Gillman Barracks, Opens 15 Sep 2012
Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012
Well the National Arts Council has definitely been busy.
Visual art fanatics: this is what dreams are made of.
Gillman Barracks has a mix of both local and international galleries, so you’ll be able to catch the works of big names like local installation artist Donna Ong alongside French photographer Henri-Cartier Bresson.
Some of you might be familiar with the concept: it’s kinda like walking down Chelsea in New York City or visiting Beijing’s 798. You can pop into galleries, talk to artists, and even attend lectures, workshops, and film screenings.
Sure, these events have been going on for a while now, especially with the smaller places like The Pigeonhole, but a whole space dedicated solely to art galleries? It’s a big step – and we’re immensely excited.
The space only opens to the public on 15 September 2012, so calm yourself and let’s review the field notes:
Of the 15 galleries currently on the tenant list, only 13 will be operational this year.
There’s plenty for those who appreciate Japanese art, and while we’re on the topic, who doesn’t like Yayoi Kusama (of dotty fame)? Check out Ota Fine Arts for their opening exhibition featuring the artist’s works – they’re way different than what you’re used to.
Catch a glimpse of modern day Japanese art over at Tomio Koyama Gallery, which will open by showcasing the works of Yoshitomo Nara, Masahito Kuwahara, and Hiroshi Sugito, then hop next door to Silverlens, a gallery from the Philippines that specializes in contemporary art.
If that’s the kind of thing that floats your boat, hit up The Drawing Room, which also specializes in contemporary art from the Philippines. Contemporary art fans will especially like the galleries at Gillman Barracks – Space Cottonseed primarily features Korean contemporary art but also showcases emerging artists from around the world; Future Perfect carries works by contemporary Australian artists like Adam Cullen and Christian Thompson.
Definitely look up Singapore’s very own Fost Gallery, and don’t miss Equator Art Projects – we’re really digging their opening exhibition, Marcel Duchamp In South-East Asia. 43 artists from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, the Philippines, and the UK are involved!
Another exhibition you’ll find us at is The Big Picture at Sundaram Tagore Galleries (New Yorkers, recognize the name?). They’re showcasing the works of great photographers like Annie Leibovitz and Henri-Cartier Bresson.
So mark those diaries now – 15 September 2012!
Gillman Barracks is at 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108973.
Image: Yayoi Kusama A SENSATION OF THE DAYBREAK 2012 acrylic on canvas 162×130.3cm, Ota Fine Arts