Art galleries take virtual route in face of falling visitorship

Gallerist Aniela Rahardja is downsizing Element Art Space from a 1,100 sq ft space in Gillman Barracks (above) to an office one-third smaller in Alexandra Road.
Gallerist Aniela Rahardja is downsizing Element Art Space from a 1,100 sq ft space in Gillman Barracks (above) to an office one-third smaller in Alexandra Road.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Some gallerists are taking their business online in the face of falling visitorship, rising rentals and a desire to reach larger audiences

In about a month, art gallery Element Art Space will - ironically - no longer have a physical art space to call its own.

Gallery owner Aniela Rahardja says the move, from a 1,100 sq ft shop space in Gillman Barracks to an office one-third smaller in Alexandra Road, "makes a lot of financial sense because rental in Singapore is really high".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2018, with the headline 'Art galleries take virtual route'. Print Edition | Subscribe