At Singapore Art Week 2015, Gillman Barracks – Singapore’s contemporary art enclave – announced key developments for 2015 to step up programming with a quality exhibition line-up by its tenants, the introduction of creative and art-related businesses and a boost in art offerings.
An intimate media event for both international and local media was held at Gillman Barracks’ VIP lounge under OTA Fine Arts gallery, on the 23rd of January, where Ms Kow Ree Na, Director, Lifestyle Programme Office, Singapore Economic Development Board, announced the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new creative and art-related business development in Gillman Barracks. This seeks to enhance the Gillman Barracks visitor experience, while offering lifestyle options in addition to complementing the quality contemporary art in the galleries. Interested creative, hospitality, lifestyle companies; property developers and architecture firms are invited to submit creative proposals to design, build and manage this development at an existing carpark; up to a maximum Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 2,000 sq m.
Ms Kow Ree Na, Director, Lifestyle Programme Office, Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) said, “Gillman Barracks has grown from strength to strength as the region’s destination for contemporary art. Going forward, we will continue to develop its visual arts core and introduce complementary concepts to provide visitors with a compelling and all-encompassing experience.”
In addition, Gillman Barracks also announced its newest addition, Platform Projects, a not-for-profit organization in Singapore dedicated to supporting contemporary art and its awareness through independent and internationally focused art projects and commissions. Of which, the Lohia Mentorship Series was also launched by Platform.
NTU Contemporary Art Centre (CCA) Singapore will also launch its Artist Resource Platform that aims to provide local and visiting art industry professionals entry points to the work and practice of local artists, independent art spaces and the NTU CCA Singapore’s Artists-in-Residence.
Mr Paul Tan, Deputy Chief Executive of the National Art Council (NAC) said, “Gillman Barracks is a focal point of the visual arts scene in Singapore and there is a wealth of art content and expertise within it. We hope to share this with art professionals, enthusiasts and novices alike through these new initiatives that we have embarked on and supported, and hope that audiences will be continuously engaged and inspired by Gillman Barracks.”