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START at Gillman Barracks to Develop and Promote Art Collecting Locally

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From left to right: Simon Ng (Chan + Hori Contemporary); Alvin Ong (Yavuz); Sebastian Mary Tay (FOST); Rina Banerjee (OTA)

This July, Gillman Barracks launches START at Gillman Barracks, a three-day lifestyle event with the aim of developing and engaging potential art collectors and art enthusiasts to start collecting art. Featuring a dedicated retail space with contemporary art, limited edition prints, furniture and fashion by local designers and brands, the event will also be complemented by tours of the precinct with personalities themed around collecting and curating for the home or office, and film screenings.

START at Gillman Barracks allows art and design enthusiasts who have yet to buy their first work to discover more about contemporary art, and explore how one can become a collector on any budget. Artworks costing an average of $4,000 will be made available for purchase from Gillman Barracks’ resident galleries such as Yavuz Gallery, FOST Gallery, Ota Fine Arts, Sundaram Tagore Gallery Singapore, Richard Koh Fine Art, Sullivan+Strumpf, Mizuma Gallery, Yeo Workshop and Chan + Hori Contemporary.

The event will be divided across different sections, themed according to Fashion, Home Living and Office Spaces, so visitors can experience contemporary art incorporated into the different aspects of their daily lives. In addition, visitors can look forward to a specially curated film programme organised by the Singapore Film Society that will feature documentaries and films on art and collecting. Some of the films include the critically-acclaimed Loving Vincent and renowned documentaries such as Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child and Herb & Dorothy.

Last but not least, Arnoldii Arts Club will present a series of workshops led by personalities such as comedian Rishi Budhrani, radio broadcaster Simone Heng and cultural enthusiast Brenda Tan. Intended to show audiences the many practical ways that art can be incorporated into their lifestyles and used for home decoration, these tours will cover topics such as how to look at art and interior design. Participants will also receive a specially designed souvenir booklet inclusive of notes from these personalities for them to jot down their observations during the programmes.

Says Ms Linda de Mello, Director of Sector Development (Visual Arts), NAC: “START at Gillman Barracks is aimed at reaching new arts audiences. The mix of lifestyle offerings and quality art at attractive price points provides a great start for potential art collectors who have yet to buy their first art work. As a visual arts precinct recognised throughout the region for its concentration of quality contemporary art represented by our resident galleries, Gillman Barracks is the best place for art lovers and budding collectors to kick-start their art collections.”

Adds Stephanie Fong of FOST Gallery: “We are thrilled to be part of the first edition of START at Gillman Barracks. I have always believed that art is, and can be, a part of our everyday. START is also a great opportunity for artists, whom we represent, to show their artworks in a different setting. I am confident this initiative will inspire people to take the first step to collect, and cannot wait to see how the art pieces find their way into people’s lives.”

START at Gillman Barracks runs from 19th to 21st July 2019. For tickets to programmes, visit Peatix

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