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Gillman Barracks, Singapore

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This enclave of colonial buildings houses 12 international galleries showcasing contemporary art. The history of Gillman Barracks is tied to the island’s colonial past. It was built in 1936 for the British 1st Battalion and was named after General Sir Webb Gillman. During WWII, it was one of the final battle sites before Singapore fell into the hands of the Japanese troops. After the country’s independence in 1965, the site became prime training ground for Singapore national servicemen. Only in 2012 was the area transformed into an enclave of contemporary art. Visitors will find 12 international galleries such as Sundaram Tagore Gallery and ARNDT alongside home grown outfits.
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  • 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 Gillia...  more »
  • 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 offic...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Great place to visit on a weekend. Strolls through the various art installations and exhibitions spread across multiple location in a former military barracks. Not crowded at all, even on a weekend.
  • Awesome place to visit! Great events during Art Week. So much to explore. Very happening.
  • While I didn't go the the exhibit and just went to the bar in the area, it seems like a nice place by the business/office area.
  • feels like the area is a bit isolated if you prefer really close to nature sipping your drink then it’s all good nice music/band though
  • A piece of colonial history. What used to be barracks for military use have now been converted into galleries and housings for exhibition spaces. There are eateries and sanitary facilities. Nestled in a quiet vicinity on a hillock surrounded by lots of green.
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