Five favourite art galleries in Singapore

Five favourite art galleries in Singapore


Text: Tracy Phillips

Who says you need to go overseas to get cultured? Tracy Phillips recommends five galleries you should visit in Singapore

1. Ikkan Art Gallery

What to expect: International artists across a wide range of mediums including painting, sculpture, photography, video and new media art.

What's showing now:  An exhibition by Japanese media artist Naoko Tosa, "TOSA RIMPA: The Places You Will Never Visit" (until 19 September) features six new video works that breathe new life into the historical Rimpa school of Japanese painting.

Why you'll be back: Museum quality artworks encompassing a wide range of mediums, and for works by artists H. Hugh Miller, Naoko Tosa, Mikito Ozeki, Morimura Yasumasa and teamLab who the gallery represent.

Ikkan Art Gallery

39 Keppel Road, #01-05 [email protected], Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Tel: 6681 6490

2. Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI)

What to expect: Art with an innovative print focus.

What's on now: Annual special exhibition, "As We Never Imagined — 50 Years of Art Making" (until 30 August), over 70 works that demonstrate the development and potential of print and papermaking over the last five decades with particular emphasis on some of STPI's best collaborations with notable artists of our generation. From 12 September to 17 October, Lisson Gallery and STPI present "Collaborations", will feature artworks by Richard Deacon, Ryan Gander, Shirazeh Houshiary, Jason Martin and Jorinde Voigt.

Why you'll be back: The combination of a critically acclaimed residency programme, gallery and exceptional workshop expertise make STPI one of the most cutting-edge destinations of contemporary arts in Asia. They also offer public programmes where visitors get to try their hand at different print and paper making techniques under the tutelage of the workshop team.


41 Robertson Quay, Tel: 6336 3663

3. Mizuma Gallery

What to expect: Contemporary art by Japanese and South East Asian artists

What's showing now:  From now till 13 September 2015, a group exhibition of nine Japanese contemporary artists, "Further towards the Future." The next group show,  "What it is about when it is about nothing" (25 September to 25 October) is a group exhibition of Singapore artists curated by Michael Lee. 

Why you'll be back: They hold new exhibitions every six to eight weeks, with opening receptions, artist talks and panel discussions. They also focus on emerging as well as established Japanese artists including Aida Makoto, Amano Yoshitaka, Tenmyouya Hisashi, and Yamaguchi Akira.

Mizuma Gallery

22 Lock Road #01-34, Gillman Barracks. Tel: 6570 2505

4. Grey Projects

What to expect: Contemporary visual art, mostly Singaporean.

What's showing now: "Print Lab 2015" (22 August to 26 September), features self-published materials from the second edition of their Art & Design book exhibition.

Why you'll be back:  It's an artist-run space drawn to more challenging works themed around social and gender/sexuality related issues. They also have a resource library and host talks and the occasional workshop.


6B Kim Tian Road, Tel: 6655 6492

5. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore)

What to expect: Contemporary art exhibitions, film screenings, open studios, lectures and talks

What's showing now: "Allan Sekula, Fish Story to be continued" (ends 27 September 2015), shows the extensive research of the late artist, theorist, photography historian and critic, Allan Sekula, into the global maritime industry. From 12 August to 27 September, "The Lab" presents the video and photographic work of New Zealand artist, Darcy Lange as the starting point for a complex discussion concerning the representation of labour, entitled "Darcy Lange: Hard, however, and useful is the small, day-to-day work".

Why you'll be back: As a research facility, gallery and artist residency space in one, the CCA takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, delving deeply into works. They regularly take part in the Art After Dark Series at Gilman Barracks, offering gallery talks, guided tours and live performances.

NTU CCA Singapore

Block 43, Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Tel: 6339 6503