Singapore's alternative art spaces: No commercials and no free wine

Singapore's alternative art spaces: No commercials and no free wine

You can find works by local artists, and curators who really know their stuff in Singapore, you really can
School's out, but art is in at Night and Day. The gallery's unconventional look is matched by the entertainment at its openings.

Singapore's art scene is getting stronger by the day -- the Bras Basah area is slowly turning into an arts, and culture district where galleries, arts schools, and other creative endeavors are given space, teachers, and a chance to flourish.

Here are five of the quirkier alternative arts spaces.

fill-your-walls

fill-your-walls gallery is actually part of a larger arts space that also features a studio cum art school cum café. Overlooking Tanjong Pagar road, the gallery has the laudable goal of nurturing emerging local artists, which means you’ll get artwork that’s sometimes rough around the edges, but always sincere. What’s more interesting is their business model, where artworks are priced from S$15 onwards, a cheap start for collectors and a great way to get much-needed exposure by artists.

#04-02, 21 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore
tel +65 6222 1667
Opening hours Thursday-Tuesday 10am-10pm
www.fill-your-walls.com

Your MOTHER Gallery

This is a rarity for two reasons: One, the art gallery is in a home and two, it’s located in a communal long house. Within the gallery, you’ll get contemporary Singaporean artists such as Cultural Medallion winner, Lee Wen. If the exhibitions don't rock your boat, at least you’ll get up close and personal with one of Singapore’s last communal homes. That’s reason enough to come here. But remember to say hi to the kid next door for us.

91A Hindoo Road Singapore
tel +65 6396 3310
Opening hours by appointment only
www.geocities.com/yourmothergallery

Post Museum

A bunch of artists known collectively as “p-10” created this space to “examine contemporary life, promote art, and connect people.” Their exhibitions are quite experimental and can be hit-or-miss affairs -- sometimes, you’d get absolutely brilliant installations; other times, it simply seems overly pretentious. But they’re spot on about “connecting people”, such as their “Really Really Free Market” series where nothing’s for sale and everything’s shared by the participants, and “Together Again (Wood:Cut)” where a portion of the proceeds go towards saving the orangutans. So be socially conscious and make the world a better place.

107-109 Rowell Road Singapore 208033
tel +65 6396 3598
Opening hours Tue-Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat-Sun noon-10pm
www.post-museum.org

Forth Gallery

Jeremy Hiah of Your MOTHER Gallery recommended this gallery which has the added value of capturing the essence of bustling Chinatown. Like the other galleries, Forth Gallery concentrates on emerging artists, although it doesn’t discriminate between local and foreign artists. So in recent years they have showcased Oh Mikyung (Korea) and Tom Baggaley (Dubai).

69A Pagoda Street Singapore
tel +65 6222 7809
Opening hours Mon-Sat noon-7pm, Sun noon-5pm
www.forth.sg

Night and Day

This art space looks like it came out of a 1970s Singaporean classroom. There are high wooden beams, partitions, and iron-grilled windows. In keeping with its unconventional appearance, the art exhibitions are accompanied by unusual performances. The last time we were there for an art exhibition’s opening, some guy strummed on an electronic circuit, and accompanied by a girl who sang wordless tunes.

139 A/C Selegie Road, Singapore
tel +65 6884 5523
Gallery opening hours Monday-Saturday 12pm-12am (by appointment only)
www.nightandday.sg