During the anniversary celebrations, visitors can view new gallery exhibitions at Ota Fine Arts, ShanghART Gallery, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Yavuz Gallery and more; who will all be hosting their openings during Art After Dark.
- Ota Fine Arts will open a solo exhibition by the Japanese artist Takao Minami, titled Medi. This exhibition marks the debut of the artist’s latest work of the same title, presented alongside two newly-made works from his ‘Light Symbol’ (2012-) and ‘Shadow Symbol’ (2016-) series.
- ShanghART Gallery’s The Dynamics is a group exhibition featuring a range of multi-media artworks by Hu Jieming, Jiang Pengyi, Lu Lei, Shao Yi, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong and Zhang Ding, and will be presented in a dynamic way with a variety of moving images and installations.
- Sundaram Tagore Gallery will open a solo exhibition of works by Kamolpan Chotvichai, an emerging Thai artist who draws inspiration from her Buddhist roots. The exhibition is held in association with the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival.
- Yavuz Gallery will open a solo exhibition by Thai artist Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy, titled IN THE LOOP. This exhibition examines the cyclical nature of Thai politics, and is Kaewtinkoy’s first solo exhibition outside of Thailand.
Gillman Barracks also plays host to two exhibitions from the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF)
: Roger Ballen’s Menagerie
is an exhibition by critically acclaimed South African photographer, who is exhibiting for the first time in Southeast Asia; while Origin is the 4th edition of the Tokyo International Photography Competition Winners’ Exhibition, which features works by 8 photographers from around the world exploring the notion of ‘origin’.
Gillman Barracks’ newest tenant, local design platform and retailer Supermama, will launch its inaugural Supermama Porcelain Festival
at Gillman Barracks. Inspired and influenced by the porcelain culture in Arita, Japan, the Festival hopes to introduce porcelain as a medium in the design of giftware, homeware and objet d’art.
- Arita 400 – Selected works from 7 kilns representing the regions of Arita, Imari and Ureshino will be presented to mark the beginning of a new era for Arita.
- Vessels – A showcase of a collaboration between 5 Singapore designers and Japanese porcelain label Kihara Inc., curated by design outfit &Larry.
- Singapore Selection – A showcase of ceramic works by contemporary ceramicists and designers questioning and approaching porcelain as a material in different ways.
Supermama will also launch Supermama Design Mart x Arita Porcelain Deadstock Sale as part of the celebrations.
Specially during Gillman Barracks’ 4th Anniversary Celebrations, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore’s Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artist’s studio. This edition of Residencies: OPEN features open studio sessions by Artists-in-Residence Antariksa (Indonesia), Heman Chong (Singapore), Ho Rui An (Singapore), Ato Malinda (Kenya/The Netherlands) and Bo Wang (China/United States).
Basheer Graphic Books will also set up a pop-up bookstore retailing design and art books and magazines. Lastly, join artist Speak Cryptic
as he paints a mural inspired by Gillman Barracks’ military history on 23 September, and take part in your own interactive mural activity with the artist the next day at Art Day Out!
Art After Dark on 23 Sep
Apart from all the above exhibitions and the tenants opening their doors till late, there will also be special one-night only programming such as NTU CCA Singapore’s Staging: Hutang Belantara – The Expansive Debt by Teater Ekamatra (Singapore), a multi-disciplinary mono-drama centred around a seed of discord, owning and owing, and the fallen.
Art Outreach will be collaborating with OIC (Organisation of Illustrators Council) to illustrate visitors’ portraits in a special after dark session. [7.30pm – 10.30pm. Registration on the day itself, with donation recommended.]
There will also be live music acts by home-grown musician Vandetta
together with other members of Singapore audio-visual collective Syndicate, Kiat and Intriguant,
featuring visual projections by new media artist Brandon Tay.
ShanghART Gallery will also present Enter the Dragon: Special Edition for Singapore
by Chinese performance artist Zhang Ding
, who along with independent Singapore musicians, will develop his longstanding interest in ‘the stimulating and chemical interaction between sound, stage and the immediate emotional response of the audience’.
Expect a bumper crop of F&B pop-up stalls including Park Bench Deli, My Little Tapas Bar, halal burger joint The Lab, Iskina Cebu x Bird Bird, as well as an after party till late at Red Baron, in collaboration with DJ collective and electronic music label Darker than Wax.
Art Day Out! on 24 Sep
The celebrations continue the next day during Art Day Out!, with artist
talks and tours, family-friendly activities and more.
NTU CCA Singapore will also launch its very first publication Theatrical
Fields Critical Strategies in Performance, Film, and Video, published
by NTU CCA Singapore, König Books, London, and Bildmuseet, Umeå. The programme
includes an introduction by the publication’s editors Ute Meta Bauer, NTU CCA
Founding Director and Anca Rujoiu, NTU CCA Singapore Manager, Publications,
followed by a screening of the German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger’s Johanna d’Arc
Join Ota Fine Arts, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Yeo Workshop and Yavuz
Gallery and more as they present artist talks and tours in conjunction with
their newly-opened exhibitions, as well as a live mural painting commissioned
by Sundaram Tagore Gallery as part of a special open call. At Blk 7, ShanghART
Gallery will also present the installations from Zhang Ding’s performance Enter
the Dragon: Special Edition for Singapore from the previous evening,
as an extension and continuation of his performance.
Volunteer docents from the Friends of the Museums (FOMs) will
also lead Art & History and History & Heritage Tours that will
uncover exciting art works in a selection of the galleries, with a dose of the
Barracks’ history. The Art & History tour will also include a special
chance to preview the studio of Zai Kuning, the artist representing Singapore
at the 57th Venice Biennale. [Free admission, registration at
Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity (CCC) will offer 20% off ticket prices for its new exhibition, Hideaways – Creating with Nature. This immersive experience invites children to explore, observe, construct, reflect, innovate and engage with nature and natural materials through hands-on exhibits and interactive artists’ installations. Free art activities will also be conducted at the outdoor plaza outside the CCC. [2 to 6pm. $16 per child, allows free entry for an accompanying adult.]
After the art workshops, fuel up at the Jeep-themed Edition of Timbre’s Saturday Social BBQ.
There will also be Jeep test drives for adults, toy car races for children, live BBQ, live music, cold beers and other fringe arts & crafts activities.
Red Baron joins in the celebrations with its Farmers’ Market
and part 3 of its collaboration with Singapura Dub Club, as they present a Jamaican music and BBQ street party
featuring 3 types of jerk chicken and Ska, Reggae and Dancehall tunes.
Transportation Details for Gillman Barracks’ 4th Anniversary Celebrations
By Car: Some parking is available onsite. When carparks are full, visitors can park at Alexandra Retail Centre opposite Gillman Barracks.
By MRT: Gillman Barracks is a 7 minute walk from Labrador Park MRT (Exit A). Take the sheltered walkway which starts at Alexandra Road to lead you to Blk 45 Red Baron.