Timings : Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sunday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Closed on Monday and Public Holiday
Time Required : 2 - 3 hours
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
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Gillman Barracks, once the house of the British Army, is a centre of contemporary arts in Singapore. The arts cluster is home to international art galleries, restaurants and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, part of the prestigious Nanyang Technological University. These services are all found in the well-maintained colonial barracks found at the site. One can marvel at the elegant blend of the colonial architecture of Gillman Barracks and the buildings with the ever-evolving arts sphere of the modern world.
Named after Sir Webb Gillman of the British Army, the Gillman Barracks were designed to accommodate the expansion of the British Army in Singapore. After their departure, the authorities reused these buildings for educational and commercial purposes while still preserving the architectural and structural integrity of the site. Now a site of cultural exchange and creation, the Gillman barracks have become the site for commercial galleries, non-profit spaces, public museums and major art events like the Singapore Biennale and the Art Stage Singapore while still retaining the colonial heritage of the area. One can even find restaurants and shops here, making it an engrossing experience for visitors. A bi-monthly Art After Dark open house is held on Friday nights where tenants launch new shows, along with hosting music performances and dinners. Free guided tours are organised at Gillman Barracks by the Friends of the Museums, a volunteer organisation in Singapore, helping tourists gain a deeper understanding of the heritage of the site and the culture of Singapore.