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.
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