Gillman Barracks is a budding place for art lovers, art collectors, and those curious about art. The cluster is a premier art destination for international and southeast asian art and is now home to international and home-grown galleries, design retailers, an array of cafes, bars and restaurant. It kind of reminds me of Beijing’s 798 Art Zone, where I loved gallery-hopping and cafe-hopping!
Last weekend, I had to chance to have a short and fun tour of Gillman Barracks with two of my boys (Jaden 5 and Jonas 2). The kids were very engaged with interactive activities at Playeum. We explored exciting outdoor sculptures and art works at the Lock Route (interestingly named after the route march by army recruits in the past!) and had a sumptuous BBQ dinner at Timbre@Gillman with a Prince and Princess theme 🙂
1 What’s at Playeum
Encouraging children to employ the active use of imagination through creative expression, ‘A World Full of Stories‘ addresses some of the important questions on what the nation is doing to spur innovation and develop the spirit of individuality amongst Singaporean children. Specifically designed for children aged 1-12, you can expect role play sessions, story-making, illustration, writing, drama and puppetry!
The holiday camp, Tales of Time is happening during this upcoming March school holidays! Registration has opened and you may want to register at http://www.
2 What’s at Lock Route
LOCK ROUTE takes inspiration from 9 Lock Road—Gillman Barracks’ address—and the traditional 24km march commonly featured in the training of ‘graduating’ army recruits in Singapore.
Lock Route features 16 arresting outdoor artworks by 15 world-renowned and emerging international and Singapore artists, including several new commissions. The artworks consist of site-specific installations, sculptures and murals, and visitors are invited to traverse the grounds of Gillman Barracks and experience a closer encounter with art out in the open. 16 artworks are too many for our family to go through (you can look at the map here), so here are the more notable and interactive ones I would recommend for families!
1. Constellation of One by Kirsten Berg. This present fractal portraits and a shimmering shrine of reflections, echoing the play of light and chaos as we move in orbit of the personal infinite – the creative spark.
2. Goyang Cukur by Indieguerillas. An interactive make-shift barbershop that kids will love!
3. Kampung Singa by Sheryo.
3 What’s at Timbre@Gillman
Every weekend in March 2017, Saturdays and Sundays 4pm till late, Super Social BBQ is the fuss-free destination where family bonding comes easy . If you have kids, Timbre is the best dining option here. There’s something for every young one with face painting, two fantastic bouncy castle, bubble blowers and thematic arts and crafts (Prince and Princess for the month of March!) on hand to keep the young ones engaged.
Live music. BBQ hot-off-the-grill food. Kids’ menu. Bouncy castles. Zee place to be for an evening of fun! Well, my young ones are certainly very engaged, we stayed till 8pm! More on Super Social BBQ here – http://timbregroup.asia/super-social-bbq/
Art Day Out 11 March 2017 – A Gillman Barracks Saturday Open House
In conjunction with Singapore Design Week 2017, Art Day Out! will take place this Saturday (2pm – 7pm) at Gillman Barracks.
This edition of Art Day Out! celebrates all things design, and brings together a collection of local and international design activities as part of Singapore Design Week. Highlights of this edition include the first Singapore + Wallpaper* Handmade Classics exhibition: MultipliCITY, design workshops and public presentations held at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore alongside various other LOCK ROUTE fringe activities and performances.
In addition, visitors can look forward to precinct-wide art activities and programmes, including F&B offerings, children’s programming at Playeum the Children’s Centre for Creativity, free drop-in family-friendly activities by Art Outreach and guided docent tours by Friends of the Museum!
What you can Expect
At Lock Route, there is a performance at Mel O’Callaghan’s work, Parade, in collaboration with multidisciplinary collective The Kaizen M.D. behind Block 9. Visitors will also get the chance to ride artist Acit Salbini’s bicycles, which are part of the public art showcase, from 4pm – 8pm.
At Playeum, the Children’s Centre for Creativity’s exhibition A World Full of Stories will feature a special 20% discount across all ticket categories. This is only available on Art Day Out! Discounted entry applies from 2:00pm onwards. Regular admission rates will apply from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Free art activities such as The Amazing Shapes Trail and a specially-designed ‘Art Jam’ session (‘Make Your Puppet Move!’) will also be conducted at the Block 47 plaza outside Playeum from 2pm – 6pm.
Presented by Friends of the Museum, the Art & History Tour is for all art enthusiasts looking for a unique encounter with art and a dose of the Barracks’ history. For history buffs, a dedicated History & Heritage Tour focuses on the Barracks’ evolution from a British military barracks in the 1936 to today’s contemporary art enclave of Singapore.
PLAYEUM CHILDREN’S CENTRE FOR CREATIVITY
10AM – 6PM
Block 47 Malan Road, #01-23, Gillman Barracks Child (Aged 1 – 12): $22.00
Accompanying Adult: Free
Additional Accompanying Adult: $10.00
No pre-registration required
FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM TOURS
Art & History Tour: 4 – 5:30pm
History & Heritage Tour: 5 – 6pm
Meeting point: Block 9 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks Free admission, registration required
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.sg/o/fom-gillman-barracks-outreach-5691212557
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Disclaimer: We were invited to a short programme session at Playeum, toured on Lock Route and given vouchers at Timbre. All opinions are of my own.