Art Galleries in Singapore You Definitely Need To Check Out
Looking at art is an excellent way to learn about the world around you. Showcasing diversity of thought and perspectives, exposure to art will, in time, widen your own views of the world you inhabit. As many Singaporeans are starting to discover, there is a plethora of galleries scattered across our island. In addition to big names, like the National Gallery and the Singapore Art Museum, the number of smaller, independent galleries have been growing, curating a variety of exhibitions from local and international artists that aim make you question what you see.
Founded by French designer Isabelle Miaja as an expansion of the Miaja Design Group, Miaja Gallery occupies the first floor of Maison Miaja’s historical shophouse, located just a short walk away from Newton MRT. The gallery readily presents a steady stream of curated exhibitions featuring works in a wide range of mediums by local and international painters, sculptors, installation artists and designers alike.
The gallery’s ongoing exhibition, Vandalise This, unites Mauritian artist Gaël Froget, and Paris-based Japanese artist Yoshi Itu, in a display of contrast and bright colour, questioning extent of the difference between art and destruction.
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Location: 190 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 229857
Primarily focusing specifically on the works of emerging Singaporean and Filipino artists, in addition to a wide selection of other Asian artists, Utterly Art has an impressive track record with exhibits, changing their showcases every fortnight. The gallery has organised over 250 art exhibitions in Singapore for nearly 300 artists and photographers from Southeast Asia since 2001.
Currently on display is the collection Karsamaki Secret II by Trivia Goh, which will run till the 23rd of April. The gallery is open by appointment only, so be sure to phone ahead.
Opening hours: 2 – 8pm, Mondays – Saturdays, 12 – 5.30pm, Sunday
Location: 20B Mosque Street Level 3, Singapore 059500, +65 6226 2605
Established in 2001, REDSEA Gallery has since built a reputation for representing an exclusive selection of well-respected and emerging contemporary artists from across the world. From paintings to sculptures, this gallery offers a diverse range of works, and leaves room for the discovery of new talent. In the gallery’s most recent installation, Flower Fields and Landscapes, Chinese contemporary artist Zhuang Hong Yi’s use of colour to bring to life flower beds is stunning, as is the meticulously crafted pieces of painted rice paper, bent and folded into tiny buds.
The display runs till the 18th of April and is not to be missed.
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm, Monday – Sunday
Location: Block 9 Dempsey Rd, #01-10 Dempsey Hill, 247697
ReDot Fine Art Gallery
Home to the first and only gallery in Singapore (and Asia-Pacific) dedicated to showcasing Indigenous Australian art, ReDot is named for the ‘Red Centre’, the area in the Outback where Aboriginals reside. Opened in 2004, the gallery showcases some of the most collectable and sought-after Aboriginal artworks in Singapore. With a rich and ancient history behind a people that dates back 20,000 years, the Australian Indigenous culture is the oldest surviving one in the world, yet remains wildly underrepresented. Founder Giorgio Pilla aims to create awareness and educates Singaporeans and visitors alike on the history of the Aboriginals through an exploration of their unique art form.
Opening hours: 12 – 7pm, Monday – Sunday
Location: Old Hill Street Police Station, 140 Hill Street, #01-08, 179369
Founded in Singapore in November 2012, on a mission to bridge cultures through art, Intersections operates under a pop-up gallery model, and specialises in curating and organising unique art exhibitions that cater to the general public, art collectors, and corporations.
The gallery’s ongoing exhibition,“Burning Landscapes”, created by two Lebanese artists Hanibal Srouji & Tania Nasr bear autobiographical elements linked to the history of Lebanon, from where they have left. Their show features paintings and ceramics made by the artists, and will continue to run until 30th April.
Opening hours: 2pm – 7pm, Wednesday – Sunday
Location: 34 Kandahar St, Singapore 198892
Flaneur Gallery promotes Singapore-based artists who create brilliant art inspired by their acute observation of the urban life in this vibrant city. This contemporary art gallery opened in 2014 and is home to some simply mesmerising pieces.
Residing in a beautifully restored conservation shophouse, the gallery rides on its surroundings’ historical past to nurture the art future of Singapore. The gallery strives to promote patronage of local artists throughout the community and beyond through its ongoing showcases of artworks as well as facilitating an ongoing dialogue between the artists and the public.
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Location: 129 Jln Besar, Singapore 208847
Objectifs is a non-profit centre dedicated to educating and cultivating interest in and awareness of the visual arts among students and enthusiasts. Just one of the many aims in its mission statement, this is achieved through regularly held exhibitions, screenings and talks. An upcoming exhibition, titled “Equivalence”, highlights social and economic inequality in the country. Helmed by the duo Chow & Lin, who possess a prolific body of work, the series will delve into the state of the economy, social inequality and consumption patterns, challenging our often obscured perceptions of everyday life.
Opening hours: 12 – 7pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 4pm, Sunday
Location: 155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977
The Private Museum
The Private Museum is rather unique. Founded by Singaporean philanthropist and real estate developer Daniel Teo, The Private Museum is a registered charity and registered Institute of Public Character (IPC). Established to provide a space for art collectors to showcase their collections as well as an alternative platform for artists to push boundaries in the expressions of various art forms, the museum’s location is incredibly apt – it lies in the heart of the Museum Precinct, in an arts and cultural centre.
The current exhibition on display is Oh Soon-Hwa’s Coastal Regions (Delta), curated in celebration of International Women’s Day. The series of photographs is an investigation into the impacts of the recent climate changes affecting the landscape of the coastal regions in Vietnam, and captures the intertwining relationship between man and nature.
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm, Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm, Saturday – Sunday
Location: 51 Waterloo St, Unit #02-06, Singapore 187969
Ikkan Art Gallery
Originally established in 1982 by Ikkan Sanada, Ikkan Art International eventually expanded to Singapore and in May 2011, the Ikkan Art Gallery was founded. Dedicated to presenting museum-quality artworks by international artists across an array of mediums to the region, the gallery has organised a range of significant solo and group exhibitions, including “Surfaces of Everyday Life – Postwar and Contemporary Masters from Ai Weiwei to Andy Warhol” and “Requiem for the XX Century – Morimura Yasumasa: Self-Portraits in Motion”.
Opening hours: 12 – 7pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Location: 39 Keppel Rd, Singapore 089065
Following the establishing of the Kult Magazine in 2009, they have since expanded to include a gallery, dedicated to urban street art. The past exhibits at underground art space Kult Gallery, like Choking Hazard and Power Records, have been brazen in their defiance of convention. Putting the spotlight on upcoming local and international artists and illustrators, Kult has been voted as one of the top 10 galleries in Singapore, a testament to their boundary-pushing creativity. The space is constantly evolving as different experiences are crafted, providing many opportunities to explore a variety of themes.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm, Monday – Friday, 2 – 7pm, Saturday
Location: 11 Upper Wilkie Rd, Singapore 228120
Looking for a unique art viewing experience? Head down to Tanjong Pagar Distripark, where, tucked away in an unassuming industrial building near Keppel Harbour, you will find Artspace@Helutrans, a small enclave of independent art galleries occupying warehouse units. Owned and managed by art movers and storage company Helutrans and housed in a bustling warehouse, this versatile open space, with exposed pipes and high ceilings in an industrial setting, allows the gallery to fit the image of being part of an avant-garde art hub. The space has become a highly sought after venue for collectors to display their art collections, in addition to accommodating all sorts of events like exhibitions, auctions, product launches and fashion shows.
Opening hours: 12 – 7pm, Monday – Sunday
Location: #02-03 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Rd, Singapore, 089065
Galleries at Gillman Barracks
Since its opening in 1994, the Mizuma Gallery has been presenting internationally recognised artists from Japan and other Asian countries, each with a unique voice, whose works contribute to the growing diversity of the eastern contemporary art scene. The gallery also showcases a number of emerging and prominent artists from Southeast Asia, like the upcoming exhibition “The Social Realism of Agan Harahap”, by Indonesian contemporary artist Agan Harahap. Running from 15th April to 21st May, Agan’s use of montage techniques or digital imaging effects, result in works that are a fusion of relevant social commentaries and pop culture references, and composed in the style of glamorous publicity photo that creates parodies or surreal recreations of factual moments in history.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, Sunday
Location: 22 Lock Road #01-34 Gillman Barracks, 108939
Chan + Hori Contemporary
Relaunched in February 2017 under its new moniker Chan + Hori Contemporary, the gallery, now situated at the Gillman Barracks, welcomes a new partner, Khairuddin Hori, a decorated art veteran. Whereas Chan Hampe Galleries sought to cultivate and promote the contemporary arts in Singapore, the new direction the gallery is taking is one towards engaging with contemporary visual arts as a reflection of the everyday.
“Lighter than Sunshowers”, a solo exhibition by Shirly Koh, recipient of several prestigious awards including the UOB Painting of the Year – Silver Emerging Artist Category, is one of the two ongoing exhibitions at the gallery. The other is Jordi Forniés’ “ Sonance: Sound as Body, Sound as Architecture”, a work exploring the correlation of materials with sound and form. They will both go on from now, till the 30th of April.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Location: 6 Lock Road, #02-09, 108934
Sundaram Tagore Galleries
Devoted to exploring the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures, Sundaram Tagore Galleries represents painters, sculptors and photographers from around the globe. Though each of them work in different mediums and use a diverse range of techniques, they ultimately share a passion for cross-cultural dialogue. The gallery’s worldwide reach extends beyond Singapore, to cities like Hong Kong and New York, and it was the first to focus exclusively on the rise of globalisation in contemporary art.
Acclaimed Mexican-born artist Ricardo Mazal’s solo exhibit “Violeta + Bhutan” is currently showcased at the gallery. Expanding on his most powerful works, these new abstract oil-on-linen paintings draw on Mazal’s ongoing fascination with spiritual themes and reveal his increasingly abstract approach. The exhibition will continue until the 28th of May.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm, Sunday
Location: 5 Lock Rd, Singapore 108933
Established in 2010, the Yavuz Gallery focuses on promoting contemporary art predominantly from the Asia-Pacific region. Turkish owner Can Yavuz, who the gallery is named for, has championed the presentation of a strong curatorial programme, one guided by the social significance of the artworks as well as the perception that the artists are among those leading their chosen field of endeavour. Exhibitions tend to demonstrate social significance and the spirit of unconventionality and surprise, as opposed to merely concentrating on one particular medium or stylistic movement.
Opening hours: 11am – 7pm, Tuesday – Saturday, 1 – 5pm, Sunday
Location: #02-23, 9 Lock Rd, 108937