Gillman Barracks Turns Two!


 Courtesy of Gillman Barracks

This September, Gillman Barracks turns two! A former military camp, Singapore’s premier contemporary arts cluster will play host to a series of exciting events and initiatives in the weeks ahead. Home to 17 international art galleries, the Centre for Contemporary Art and 3 restaurants and bars - this week, the team at The Artling has taken the liberty to select key events and highlights for you and your family to enjoy, so don’t miss out on the festivities!

Part two next week, The Artling will present a snap shot of the must-see gallery shows in Gillman Barracks - stay tuned!


Anniversary Party – Friday, 26th Sept from 6pm till late

Gillman Barracks will be transformed into a mini-festival village for a night filled with exhibitions, public art, live music performances, a local maker pop-up market, food and bar stalls! Admission to all exhibitions and events are free, so come join us for a night of revelry!

Courtesy of Silverlens

DRIVE – Public Art Installation

The first-of-its-kind public art project presented by the Gillman Barracks Association will launch end of September and run for four months. DRIVE aims to transform the pristine facades of the Barrack’s colonial buildings with outdoor art installations by the galleries, international artists and members of the public.

Check out  for more info!


FOM Tours

Friends of the Museums offers free guided tours to provide an introduction to the world class contemporary art works, and share the rich history of the ex-military camp site. Take a walk and uncover this treasure trove of art and history!

Next tour is on Friday, 26th Sept at 5pm, meet at Blk 9.

Pls register at:

Courtesy of Gillman Barracks

 More in November!

For family and kid-friendly fun, check out The Big Draw!

On 8th – 9th November, Playuem will present their annual award-winning flagship event called The Big Draw! that focuses on play-based programming in the arts, technology and design for children.

The second edition of Singapore Art Book Fair, jointly organized by BooksActually and HJHER will take place from 14th – 16th November. Back by popular demand, the Fair will present at least 50 vendors and fringe activities such as film screenings, talks and workshops. So watch this space!


Centre for Contemporary Art presents Theatrical Fields – Critical Strategies in Performance, Film and Video

Developed as a research project by CCA Director Ms Uta Meta Bauer, Theatrical Fields examines forms of artistic practice and explores the analytical and political potential of theatricality through various manifestations ranging from an exhibition to public presentations, film programme to live performance. This exhibition brings together major video installations by internationally acclaimed artists including Judith Barry, Stan Douglas, Joan Jonas, Isaac Julien, Constanze Ruhm. The exhibition was commissioned by and presented at the Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden in 2013. Admission to CCA is free.


Courtesy of Gillman Barracks

Interview with Curator Iola Lenzi


Iola Lenzi and Thai artist Tawatchai Puntusawasdi on his new Istanbul work Ferry Benches 2014

From 17 September 2014 onwards, ARTER will be hosting a group exhibition The Roving Eye curated by Singapore-based Iola Lenzi. The exhibition will feature works by Southeast Asian artists who attempt to look at culture from multiple points of view, from both inside and outside their respective localities. This split gaze will be at the centre of the exhibition’s framework, the latter with its historical roots in diasporic patterns, ethnic hybridity, the region’s ancient trade ethos and colonial/post-colonial history.

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Interview With Independent Curator, Artist and Writer Jason Wee


Re/call/Re/form/Re/master, a group exhibition of Southeast Asian artists curated by Jason Wee taking place at Silverlens Gallery, Gillman Barracks from September 12 to October 12, 2014. 

The exhibition explores the ways in which creative reuse and modes of material transfer produces a frisson of unexpected meaning and a tingle of strong emotion. The exhibition looks specifically at three processes: the syneasthetic recollection of one sensation (sound) that is provoked by an experience of a different sensation (sight); the transformation of found material into new physical form; and the transfer of ideas and information from one material substrate to another.  These dynamic material transformations are analogous to the fluid conturbations that we witness in contemporary art practices.

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Interview with Japanese Artist Teppei Kaneuji


The latest artist to join STPI gallery’s Artist in residence program is award-winning Japanese artist, Teppei Kaneuji. Teppei is known for his assemblages which involve collecting objects to create an entirely new concept. In Endless, Nameless (Constructions), he was inspired by objects and symbols reflecting the culture of Singapore, a city which he describes as a collage in of itself. “Multi-cultures are blended together like chaos and order in one place.I was very much drawn to that, and I was influenced by the shape, colours and spaces of Haw Par Villa…”*

The Artling speaks to Teppei about his experience in Singapore and the impact of this residency to his art.

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Interview with Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani, Curator of Anthropos New York Exhibition


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Curator: Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani

Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents Anthropos New York, a large scale exhibition of cutting-edge multi-media work by twelve Singapore and Thai artists. The show opens on 4th runs for two months at the Chelsea and Madison Avenue gallery spaces. The Artling speaks to curator Loredana to find out what inspired her to put this show together.

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Interview with Mr Sundaram Tagore, Founder of Sundaram Tagore Gallery


Established in 2000, Sundaram Tagore Gallery is devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures. With a focus on developing exhibitions and hosting non-profit events that encourage inter-disciplinary dialogue and cross-cultural exchange, Sundaram Tagore Gallery currently has four spaces between New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.

On the occasion before ‘Anthropos’ New York opens to the public, The Artling catches up with the busy gallerist.

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Beyond Stuff

An exhibition presented by Mizuma Gallery with the support of The Artling

Mizuma Gallery brings the works of renowned Chinese artists Ai Wei Wei, He Yungchang, Li Mingzhu, Xia Xing and Zhao Zhao at their Gillman Barracks home. This exhibition, supported by The Artling, opened last Friday 29 August with a cocktails event. In attendance were Sueo Mizuma, Ryo Wakabayashi of the gallery and artists Li Ming Zhu and Xia Xing.

The exhibition focuses on socio-political commentaries provoked by artworks that seem like ordinary “stuff”. A window crank, a hanger, stills from a media coverage could all be rather ubiquitous until we understand the roles these objects play in communicating the realities of the society from which these artists cultivate their perspectives.


Constellation, Zhao Zhao, 2013

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REVIEW: ‘A Drawing Show’ at Yeo Workshop


Wong Lip Chin, Unicorn Quarter Series

Drawing, one would tend to assume, is pretty simple stuff – after all, everyone does it, in one way or another. Schoolkids add moustaches to historical figures in their textbooks, office-workers doodle idly while pretending to pay attention in endless meetings, and sometimes it’s just faster to convey an idea to someone by grabbing the nearest bit of spare paper and tossing off a quick sketch. This elemental simplicity comes into play in the title of Yeo Workshop’s latest show – an exhibition of drawings titled, surprisingly enough, ‘A Drawing Show.’ In an age of ever-multiplying, ever more sophisticated media for artists to work in, what’s the place of what might be the simplest medium of all?


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