Perhaps you visit the National Gallery once a week, the Singapore Art Museum fortnightly, and the cove of galleries in Gillman Barracks every month. And yet, your great thirst for art cannot be quenched. If you're willing to clock in some legwork, here are some galleries that offer stunning pieces without the crowd.
ALOFT AT HERMÈS
Cosied on the upper floor of Hermès flagship store, Aloft is one of five Fondation d'entreprise Hermès art spaces around the world. Two curated artists are invited to interpret an annual theme, meaning that the exhibitions you see each year are unique to the space.
wLiat Tower level five, Singapore 238881.
ION is home its own art gallery, the globally established Opera gallery, and this French family group gallery. Specialising in Surrealism, New Realism, Pop and Street Art, every gallery features a specialised team present to inform guests and advise keen collectors.
wION Orchard #04-19, Singapore 238801.
Presenting the best of contemporary chinese fine art alongside sister gallery in Beijing, YANG Gallery has also successfully hosted partner conferences and performances. Accolades aside, you will be enticed by its unbashedly eye-catching sculptures and oil paintings from outside.
wThe Shopping Gallery Hilton #01-11, Singapore 238883.
You know Kult Gallery perched atop Emily Hill nearby, but you may have walked past this gallery without knowing. The church-esque facade houses exhibitions and screenings primarily focused on photography and film. Do look out for workshops, talks and artist residency programmes.
w155 Middle Road, Singapore 188977.
Spotlighting emerging artists alongside established ones, Intersections Gallery draws focus to Southeast Asian art, specifically the upcoming Burmese art scene, and participates in Art Stage every year. You can find it just across the historical Gedung Kuning.
w34 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198892.
Since you already know the crowd favourite DECK, welcome a change of scene with this petite gallery away from the bustle. Showcasing local art collectives and works unique to the Singapore narrative, penchant for socio-political and cultural nuances.
w36 Armenian Street, Singapore 179934.
Paper is the keyword here. You'd be surprised at how all the dynamic works here originate from their print and paper mediums. Alongside National Gallery Singapore and Singapore Art Museum, STPI is part of the national Visual Arts Cluster of leading institutions in the region.
w41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236.
ODE TO ART
Yes, there's a warehouse hunt of galleries like Ikkan Art International at Tanjong Pagar Distripark, but if you're conditioned to the comfort of a mall, Ode to Art carries a fairly impressive range of art with an international spectrum of some of the most distinguished names.
wRaffles City Shopping Centre #01-36E/F, Singapore 179109.
They've been around since 1989, but the Southeast Asian art offered carry a distinctly urban edge. The established gallery also boasts of clientele from the region's top architectural firms, design agencies and government institutions.
w43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-72 Workloft @ Chip Bee, Singapore 278115.
Once the colonial army barracks and now one of Singapore's architectural and cultural heritage sites, it's a unique space at the heart of Dempsey Hill. Aside to public exhibits, the venue can be utilised for private events. We must say dining amongst art is one of the coolest things to do.
wBlock 9 Dempsey Road #01-10, Singapore 247697.