Attraction Types: Gallery

VISION
Located on a 6.4 hectare site, Gillman Barracks (GB) is home to 15 international galleries housed in conserved colonial barracks and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). Set amid lush greenery, the international galleries feature diverse and ever-changing contemporary art exhibitions which showcase the best art of our times. The CCA will be devoted to advancing knowledge in contemporary art through its international artist residency, research and exhibition programme.

Together, the galleries and CCA will bolster the region’s visual arts landscape and establish Singapore as an important centre for contemporary art in Asia.

HISTORY
Gillman Barracks is located on the site of a former military camp named after the late General Sir Webb Gillman, a well-known British army officer. Set up in 1936 to accommodate the expansion of the British infantry in Singapore, the camp consists of 14 buildings that were taken over by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in August 1971 as part of the withdrawal of the British military from Singapore.

After the SAF vacated the camp in the 1990s, the buildings were used for commercial purposes and the site was renamed Gillman Village in 1996. The site reverted to its original name, Gillman Barracks, in 2010 and was re-developed and launched in September 2012 as a contemporary art centre.

The art cluster is part of a city with a vibrant arts scene made up of public museums, commercial galleries, non-profit spaces, and major art events such as the Singapore Biennale and Art Stage Singapore.

Gillman Barracks is jointly developed by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), JTC Corporation (JTC) and the National Arts Council (NAC).

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Map showing Gillman Barracks