Gillman Barracks celebrates its fourth anniversary this weekend with a multitude of open house events. Its signature Art After Dark event will be on this Friday evening on 23 September, while Art Day Out! will continue with the festivities on Saturday afternoon 24 September.
Exhibition opening nights will be on at many galleries on Friday evening so if you fancy some gallery hopping then here are some that you should not miss: Medi, a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Takao Minami at Ota Fine Arts; The Dynamics a group exhibition featuring a range of multi-media artworks at ShanghART Gallery; Fragility of the Self , a solo exhibition of photography works by emerging Thai artist Kamolpan Chotvichai at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery and IN THE LOOP by Thai artist Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy at the Yavuz Gallery.
Gillman Barracks will also host two exhibitions from the 5th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF). Roger Ballen’s Menagerie is an exhibition by the 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’.
Some of the other events that will be on during the 2 day celebrations are:
Supermama Porcelain Festival
: Inspired and influenced by the porcelain culture in Arita, Japan, the Festival will introduce porcelain as a medium in the design of giftware, homeware and objet d’art. It will feature porcelain works from Japanese as well as local ceramicists and designers. Supermama will also launch Supermama Design Mart x Arita Porcelain Deadstock Sale
as part of the celebrations.
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore’s Residencies: OPEN will offer 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).
NTU CCA Singapore’s will also host a one night only (23 September) staging of 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.
Artist Speak Cryptic will paint a mural inspired by Gillman Barracks’ military history on 23 September, and you can take part in your own interactive mural activity with the artist the next day at Art Day Out!
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, 23 September).
Volunteer docents from the Friends of the Museums (FOMs) will 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.
Art After Dark: Friday 23 September 7pm to 11pm
Art Day Out!: Saturday 24 September: 2pm to 7pm
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