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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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  • With a mix of local, regional and international art galleries set in Gillman Barracks, the quality of Contemporary art available is highly recommended for art lovers. Highlights include Sullivan+Strum...  more »
  • The place is a bit peripheral but if you like modern art, you should certainly visit. A dozen or so galleries with the most diverse work. A few were truly impressive. I assume that the collections will be changing so you will have to discover what is in the time of your visit.
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  • This place is the bangunan2 of the former barracks of the colonial townhouse functioned as art galleries. For those who enjoy arts, painting, installation, could try to come here.
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  • Gillman Barracks is a great place if you are someone who enjoys different types of art works. It has many excibits where you able to enjoy different type of art works which also has regional art forms as well(Japanese, Indonesian, Australia...). Its a great place to stroll around in the mrng or in the afternoon. There are also couple of nice restaurants around(we had great waffles with ice cream at one of the coffee/dessert place).
  • Went to chill at Timbre on a Tuesday evening. We walked there from Labrador Park MRT station. Took about 15 mins. Crowd was not big at about 730pm. Less than half the area was filled. Had decent finger food and a cold one with some friends for a reasonable price. Ambience felt like we were at a bar by the beach. Dimly lit. Live band covering contemporary songs. Overall pleasant experience.
  • Interesting art venue for festivals and events. Went during Singapore Art Week and really enjoyed it. Hopefully they have more of such events regularly.
  • I like the wide open space and the couple of good restaurants here. If you've been to Dempsey this is the smaller cousin. Location wise not the best as its more convenient to drive here. If you take public transport probably have to walk in quite a bit.
  • One of the best use case examples of repurposing the old buildings in Singapore. I like the logo, I like how they arrange the art space, I like the list of tenants (creative agencies, bars, etc). It is a great place for people to be creative and collaborate.

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