Wednesday 8 March 2017

Art Day Out [Gillman Barracks]

We had never thought of stepping foot into Gillman Barracks till we came across Playeum some years ago.

Gillman Barracks was a former military barracks back in 1936. In 2012, the Gillman Barracks visual arts cluster was launched. It has a vision of being Asia’s destination for the presentation and discussion of international and Southeast Asian art.

It is now home to leading international and home-grown galleries, national research centre NTU Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore, and art organisations - Art Outreach and Playeum’s Children’s Centre for Creativity. The art businesses and organisations are complemented by design retailer Supermama, and an array of cafes, bars and restaurants.

A place for art lovers, art collectors, and those curious about art. The cluster is a focal point of Singapore’s arts landscape, and anchors the development of visual art in the region and beyond.

Last weekend, we hopped on a journey on Lock Route to its public art showcase. Lock Route features 16 arresting outdoor artworks by 15 world-renowned and emerging international and Singapore artists. The artworks consist of site specific installations, sculptures and murals, and visitors are invited to traverse the grounds and experience a closer encounter with art in the open.

Title of Art: Proud Mary Keep On Rolling

Title of Art: Constellation of One

Title of Art: Kampung Singa

Covering all 16 artworks by foot may be highly challenging, especially with little ones in tow. A good suggestion may be driving from point to point. Some of the installations may be interactive while some provokes the simplicity state of mind, to think out of the ordinary. 

While there are a couple of food and dessert choices within Gillman, we will have to say Timbre is probably the best option for having kids along.  Timbre @ Gillman is a live music venue that showcases a roster of home-grown music arts. Its expansive alfresco setting is also great for big group gatherings. We met our friends for dinner and it fits 12 of us comfortably well.

Every weekend, Timbre transforms into a family favourite with its super social BBQ programme (4pm to 8pm), offering complimentary thematic activities for the kids and an extensive BBQ and beer menu. For the weekends in March, it's the Prince and Princess Edition! There are kids' fun activities with bouncy castles, bubbles, face painting and hands on tiara/crown making activities. These will definitely keep the kids occupied for a long long while.

Bouncy Castles

Photo booth with props and costumes

Colouring and Tatoo corner

You will have to get your child try out the skill of their face painting artist, she does really wonderful drawings!

Together with the live band, we had a very fun-filled evening with food and music. The band had promised to master more Prince and Princess (Disney) theme songs. I do hope they are working to please more kids in the coming weeks. Though the music can get a little too loud for proper conversations, it's a great place to chill. I had my birthday dinner there, and Mummy Susan dedicated a birthday song to me. Touched to the max! Thank you!

So yeap, you can do song dedications or even get the band to help you on a song. We spotted a large group of 'choir' singing to their friend with the band's music accompaniment.

So yeap, there's something for everyone even if art isn't on mind.

Timbre @ Gillman
9A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks
Singapore 108926
Opening hours
Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 11pm
Friday, 6pm to 1am
Saturday, 4pm to 12am
Sunday, 12pm to 9pm

Art Day Out! x Singapore Design Week 2017
The best time to visit Gillman would probably be this coming Saturday, 11 March, with its daytime open house Art Day Out! This is in conjunction with Singapore Design Week 2017.

What can you expect? Highlights include first Singapore + Wallpaper Handmade   Classics exhibition: MultipliCITY, deisgn workshops and public presentations held at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore alongside various other LOCK ROUTE fringe activities and performances. 

In addition, visitors can look forward to precinct-wide art acitivies and programmes, inclding dining offers, children's programme at Playeum, free drop-in family-friendly activities by Art Outreach and guided docent tours by Friends of the Museum. 

Date: 11 March 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 2 to 7pm
Venue:Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road Singapore 108937

Playeuem Children's Centre for Creativity
Date: 11 March 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 10am to 6pm
Venue: Block 47 Malan Road, #01-23, Gillman Barracks
Entrance: Child $22 (Free for 1 accompanying adult. Additional adult at $10)

Only on Art Day Out (11 March), the Children's Centre for Creativity's exhibition A World Full of Stories will feature 20% discount across all  tickets category. Discounted entry applies from 2pm onward. Regular admission rates will apply from 10am to 2pm. 

FREE art activities such as The Amazing Shapes Trail and a specially designed 'Art Jam' session (Make your puppet Move!) will also be conducted at the block 47 plaza, outside Playeum, from 2 to 6pm.

It will be a Saturday filled with family Arts and Fun! Do remember to bring some mosquito patches or repellent. For being so close to nature, mozzies may be lurking around for some feasting. 

Disclaimer: We were invited to a short programme session at Playeum, toured on Lock Route and treated at Timbre. All photos and opinions are solely ours. 

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