Turning a corner

Gillman Barracks, set up six years ago to be the focal point of Singapore's arts landscape, gets up to 700 visitors a day, but galleries want more support with place-making and publicity

When Australian gallery Sullivan + Strumpf opened a branch in Gillman Barracks two years ago, people were surprised that the gallery owners chose Singapore over bustling Hong Kong.

It entered barely a year after six galleries out of 17 decided not to renew their leases at the visual arts cluster, citing poor sales and low footfall. Since then, the enclave seems to have turned a corner, with all the vacancies filled, though tenants say that there is still room for improvement, chief of which is the need for a centralised curatorial and management body.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'Turning a corner'. Print Edition | Subscribe