Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks, Singapore: Hours, Address, Gillman Barracks Reviews: 4/5

Gillman Barracks
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 19:00
Thursday
12:00 - 19:00
Friday
12:00 - 21:15
Saturday
12:00 - 19:00
Sunday
12:00 - 19:00

Tours and Tickets

The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Telok Blangah Drive
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Jerry H
Singapore, Singapore15 contributions
Casual and Hippie Place to eat and chill
Sep 2021 • Family
Hippie diner cafe/restaurant with the owner's motorbikes and guitars on display gives it an 80s charm to the ambience.
Food is great especially rock and roll salmon and mamma porkchop which cannot go wrong on any days.
Written 21 September 2021
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nnntripad
38 contributions
Free Galleries
Feb 2021 • Solo
- Amazing artwork in different blocks within Gillman Barracks
- Approachable staff
- Best to go on weekdays to avoid crowds
Written 26 February 2021
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Mama
Basel, Switzerland44 contributions
not recommended
Sep 2020
many places closed, neglected or with an unfriendly vibe. Shangart was the best - just. Hard to see why many people would want to visit or enjoy it if they did. Sad really - the site has potential
Written 13 September 2020
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Martin H
Bristol, UK156 contributions
Under delivers on what it promises
Mar 2020
Not everyones cup of tea. Not a traditional art gallery. If you enjoy videos of snails being boiled in water for a meal then give it a go. Personally I think there are much better places to see 'art' in Singapore than here.
Written 17 March 2020
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Nigel G
Singapore, Singapore8,571 contributions
Singapore Biennial Site
Jan 2020 • Solo
Always worth a visit here. Nice collections of art - much of which is out of my price reach. Singapore has never ‘taken off’ with art to the same extent as Hong Kong for example but there is still stunning art to be seen.

Sculptured Ice - in Singapore - sure I saw it yesterday. Thought provoking, especially in spatial theory.

Stunning work by Chun Kwang Young (Sundaram Tagore Gallery) 3 dimension works of mixed media including antique mulberry paper.

Lee Sea Hyun is also worth a mention at the Columns Gallery - landscape abstract paintings with red (and some blue) wash.

A few nice places to eat also. Lots of walking and it’s a little hot. Some of the blocks are not suitable for the disabled, those who can’t do stairs or those with strollers. Some galleries prohibit photography but most allow. It makes for a nice half day out.
Written 11 January 2020
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SuffolkLucchese
Suffolk583 contributions
Needs a lot of work
Dec 2019
The site has good potential, the historic background to the area and the galleries being housed in the former barrack buildings make the concept good and a pleasant stroll around. I think it could be a lot better, mainly in terms of the actual artwork displayed
Written 1 January 2020
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duag27
Hong Kong, China691 contributions
A bit of Hong Kong in Singapore
Apr 2019 • Solo
Interesting art cluster in Singapore having many galleries with many shows and events. It is generally considered that Hong Kong with a rich history is much more advanced in art museum etc. But Gillian barracks come quite close.

When in Singapore and bored from usual touristy things like MBS and Merlion or the overcrowded and overrated Sentosa and Universal do check out for a quiet and quaint evening at Gillman barracks. You will surely find something of interest.
Written 21 April 2019
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Dheer Sanghi
7 contributions
Gillman Barracks - Guided Tour by Friends of The Museum
Apr 2019 • Family
Gillman Barracks is a beautiful heritage site built on a hill, way back in 1936 when Singapore was still a British colony. It housed the British Army then, complete with married quarters for the officers, sports facilities, cinema and even a swimming pool. The conserved colonial barracks has now transformed into a fabulous art cluster with 10 local and international galleries. The artwork here changes regularly, and combined with the eateries and lovely ambience, it makes a place that can be visited many times over.

During the Friends of the Museum tour at the Barracks, we visited 4 galleries. The first gallery was called “Some Deaths Can’t Be Buried” by solo Thai artist Thasnai Sethaseree. This gallery was all about the political disagreements in Thailand, and how Thai culture was hidden and forgotten in the continuous battle for power. Each artwork is made on Buddhist monk robes that are mounted on a frame, representing the hiding of culture, and the loss of peace in order to gain money, power, and influence. One such untitled artwork is a reflection on the killing of 99 Thai citizens by soldiers in 2011 during protests. Thasnai Sethaseree describes his work as “super large, super saturated, super intense, and super overwhelming,” and according to our docent, it “feels like an archeological dig” just to break the artwork down, and identify all the symbols, themes, and deeper meanings.

The second art gallery we visited was called “Sullivant + Strumpf” by different artists from Asia and Australia. The concept of this gallery was “elevating and uplifting the status of everyday objects by adding meaning to them”. This was seen throughout the gallery, in the form of a shelf filled with different sized, colored marbles, with the hilarious caption saying “No Point Losing These”, or the subtle painting on tote bags by Kanchana Gupta. From the plates that depict conflict to the aboriginalia printed on playing cards, “Sullivant + Strumpf” can truly be described as a “Museum of Days” and was developed to exchange cultural ideas. This gallery is a must-see when visiting the Gillman Barracks.

Thirdly, we visited a gallery by Miya Ando, an artist who focused on the Japanese elements of fleeting identity and ephemeral change. She portrayed this through her art made from all aluminum. She used gradients to represent landscapes, especially the horizon and sky. Her art is soft and subtle, with nuanced hues. Each artwork has been layered many times over to blend each shade carefully. Ando’s art can be described as “entrancing” and “meditative”. This solo gallery is a one-of-a-kind.

The last gallery we visited was built where the British army learned to build bridges. In its place, now stands the “FOST Gallery” made by Zul Mahmod. The “FOST Gallery” labeled “No Substance” is about the individuality of humans, and how machines cannot replace us. The gallery is filled with sound art, made from beakers and other science equipment that makes noises at the push of a button. This eccentric art was a great ending to an amazing tour.

In summation, we had an extremely informative and interesting experience, thanks to the tour set up by Friends of the Museum. Each of the 4 galleries we visited was detailed well, and the docent was knowledgeable. The tour has inspired me to go back to Gillman Barracks and visit the other 6 galleries. This tour exposes you to a significant part of Singapore history and is definitely recommended for all Friends of the Museum members.

Some Interesting quotes by the Friends of the Museum Guide:

“Look at the art through a lens, appreciating history, memories, place, space, and time.”

“Finding the meaning of each artwork almost feels like an Archeological dig.”
Written 18 April 2019
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John J
North Yorkshire, UK669 contributions
Art centre
Jan 2019 • Couples
A former British Army barracks, the cluster of buildings now play host to an eclectic mix of Art galleries. There is something here to suit everyone's taste. We throughly enjoyed our selves and caught several touring exhibitions. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Enjoy.
Written 28 January 2019
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feedthesealion
London, UK268 contributions
Day trip worthy (check to see what's on first)
Jan 2019 • Couples
Gillman barracks is former military complex converted into an artistic hub. It is full of galleries to visit and if I'm honest, a brilliant place for a photoshoot and a bridal photoshoot. There is a restaurant and a decent cafe on site. Suitable for families, couples and friends. Allot half a day to visit, a full day if you're an art gallery buff.
Written 17 January 2019
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Gillman Barracks is open:
  • Tue - Thu 12:00 - 19:00
  • Fri - Fri 12:00 - 21:15
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 - 19:00