Published on 21 September 2017

Visual arts precinct Gillman Barracks turns five this Friday and is celebrating with plenty of fun programmes to kick off the weekend.

By Melanie Lee

Ryder Ripps: Diventare Schiavo

Diventare Schiavo (Photo: Ryder Ripps)

New York-based artist Ryder Ripps features a two-part multimedia installation – an interactive VR experience with “Virtual Reality Reality”, and a sound installation, “Voice of God”. This exhibition is presented by The Ryan Foundation.

Residencies: Open

Get a chance to explore the studios and works-in-progress of Artist-in-Residence from NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore. Featured artists include Singaporean artist Chun Kaifeng whose practice looks at mapping the day-to-day life of the city and New Zealand artist Sonya Lacey who uses various media to explore the physical form of public communications within spoken, printed, and digital scenarios.

New Gallery Exhibitions

Dharma Revisited Photo: AntonioPuri Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Six galleries will be launching new exhibitions to tie in with Gillman’s birthday celebrations. Over at ShangART Gallery, The Ryan Foundation will be presenting the first-ever collectors’ show titled “Re|Collecting Asia – Selections from Singapore Private Collections” where many eclectic art works will be exhibited. Over at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, the large, abstract paintings of Indian-born, Bogata-based artist Antonio Puri will be up on display, reflecting this prolific artist’s cross-cultural experiences.

Supermama Porcelain & Craft Festival


This unique craft-cum-design event is back for the 2nd time, and explores the true meaning of ‘workmanship’ when working with common materials such as paper, furniture, wood, steel and textiles. Porcelain pieces with new designs are also up for sale at the Supermama Gillman Barracks Showcase.

Live Music

Disco Hue (Photo: Basil Tan)

Over at Block 9, local musicians are on from 7.45pm – 10.45pm to get the groove going. Featured acts include electro-pop band Disco Hue, eclectic quartet Strangerfox and indie-electronic singer-songwriter Linying.

Makers’ Market

Get your food and shopping fix over at Car Park B where there will be a variety of artisanal design, lifestyle, and F&B offerings (including Bird Bird, Soi 55 and Super Loco

Super 0 x Art After Dark After Party

Singapore’s top DJs such as Cats on Crack, DJ KFC, Zig Zag and Funk Bast*rd are on board partying with you all the way till 1am. Meanwhile, there will also be an alfresco Craft Beer Garden by BottlesXO and kaleidoscopic visual projection showcases by motion designer Reza Hasni and illustrator Juliana Ong.

Word is getting about Gillman’s large-scale, festive open house events. In 2015, average footfall to such an event was around 2,350 but this year, this figure has spiked to 4,220.

“We have evolved these past five years. In the beginning, there was a lot of focus on the commercial galleries, but we’ve broadened this to include public art, tours, events and contemporary art research. All these combined engage more people to go deeper with art,” says Mr Low Eng Teong, assistant chief executive officer of National Arts Council.

Gillman Barracks’ 5th Anniversary Celebrations x Art After Dark is happening this Friday 7pm till late. Admission is FREE. Click here for more information.

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