March 2, 2024

Singapore’s new Contemporary Art destination opens

Gillman Barracks – the new contemporary art destination in Asia – has officially opened with 13 galleries from 10 countries launching their maiden exhibitions in Singapore.

A former British Military base, the galleries at Gillman Barracks will display some of the best art of our time, including works by both established and emerging artists such as Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Heman Chong and Yayoi Kusama. This marks a fundamental step in the country’s long-running goal to be seen as cultural hub.

Gillman Barracks is a whole-of-government initiative that enhances Singapore’s standing as an Asian arts hub. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) identified the Gillman Barracks site for arts uses because of its unique characteristics. It is jointly developed by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), JTC Corporation (JTC) and the National Arts Council (NAC).

EDB develops Singapore as a vibrant marketplace for arts businesses by building a conducive environment to meet their needs. As part of these efforts, EDB is also involved in the establishment of a contemporary art centre in Gillman Barracks, which will build art-related capabilities through its international artist residency, research, and exhibition programmes.

Gillman Barracks covers over 6 hectares and complements beautifully the internationally acclaimed art fair, Art Stage Singapore. Over 4,200 square metres of space is dedicated to art galleries, while 4,800 square metres is used for art-related activities such as artist studios and art research centres. It is an important addition to Singapore’s visual arts landscape.

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