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“Extremely disappointing - still unfinished and poorly designed experience”
Review of Gillman Barracks

Gillman Barracks
Reviewed July 30, 2014

The prospect of a contemporary arts hub on the old barracks campus in Singapore was exciting but unfortunately the execution is extremely poor.

There is building work ongoing everywhere which, from what I can see is being carried out in a shoddy and fairly dangerous manner. On no less than 2 occasions I managed to wander into construction areas due to the appalling sign posting and complete lack of interface design and site planning in this large property.

To re-iterate - THE SIGNPOSTING IS APPALLING. Frequently it points you vaguely in the right direction, at times it sends you completely the wrong way. This got me so annoyed that I actually gave up on the place after visiting a few 'blocks' as they call the buildings.

Also frustrating was the sheer number of galleries who simply had a sign up saying "Gone to lunch until 3pm" - I saw that one at 1200!! I'd like a job where you get 3-hour lunches and hardly any customers. Indeed, many of the gallerists seems surprised and happy to even see a customer - nobody goes there apart from dedicated buyers apparently.

No food. No drinks. Public toilets which are near impossible to find and dirty when located - due to their use by the construction workers. I had to wait whilst one relieved himself then wipe the piss of the seat after he left... just appalling standards, who overseas these facilities?

THE ART - is obviously the reason for going here and is the only reason I award this place a single point. Some of the vendors (and it must be noted, they want to sell to you not for you just to look) are innovative. There is some brilliant Asian contemporary art and some excellent World class fine art on show - BUT, there is not very much of it for such an enormous place.

Great idea but whoever is managing this project and the construction needs the boot - this could be a great art destination.

Thank dtmf_10
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is our first time visit the Gillman Barrack. It was originally built in 1936 as a military encampment for the British Army, it is now home of some of the world's top gallery brands.

There are about 10 over galleries located in different blocks, and the place is rather huge. The place is still under renovation and a lot more work need to be done. We hope it can be as active and as exciting than some other places such as 798 Art District in Beijing. Nevertheless, we have enjoyed our day this afternoon.

Thank Joelle_Goh
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

The intention to use the ex military barracks for an art center is admirable, but it definitely does not work. There is very little art to start with and what there is, is crappy at best. Be aware that the area is large and the barracks are far apart which makes a visit during the day unbearable in the heat. There is no shadow to walk from barrack to barrack. And don't try to go in the evening because they close early. The restaurant provided is poor - the ''Naked Fish'' is a joke and cannot be called a restaurant or bar. Looks and feels like a shack. Some of the exhibits are poorly staffed with attendants unable to name prices, referring to the manager who is absent. To make this place successful the concept needs to be changed and life style shops, restaurants, bars, wine bars,boutiques etc. to be added - all open into late night, when a visit would be enjoyable.

1  Thank kuede
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

I visited this place during the Art Stage Singapore, they provided bus service and had opening nights of a few galleries.
The place was used as army barracks converted to art galleries area. Artists represented are mostly emerging Asian artists, along with a few international names.
Location wise, it is far from the city centre, but there are buses as well as a nearby MRT station and the taxis cost 12-15 $. Not may exciting artwork were on display when I visited but most of the galleries are based in other cities of Asia, so they might be reluctant to bring their best selling artists to a new art market.
But it is definitely a superb effort to gather so many galleries in one place, as you can see many artwork of emerging artists along with a few masters at a short distance and can compare whom to grab, without any distraction from out side world.
You can spend an hour in a peaceful setting at the outdoor restaurant, or you can prefer chilling out in a café which has a loud music to wake the whole neighbour up!
Have your comfortable shoes, as there a little walking up and down small hills and in the hot weather it is a little tiring.

1  Thank pembegul
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Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

splendid park with renovated barraks from 1930, that has branches of the best art galleries in the world. free entrance to all exhibitions. beatiful setting. ware walking shoes as you walk from one building to the other in a vast area. enjoyed half a day tour of all galleries. i wished they had an affordable gallery too, as all the superb art was very expensive. a must for all art lovers! taxi station at the entrance.

1  Thank SNAPIRITA
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