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4 Art Galleries In Singapore We Love

The art world’s proverbial white cubes – classic, whitewashed galleries – will always remain one of the best places to experience art: pristine, unadulterated and, in turn, transcendental. Our co-curator for January’s Art & Design Issue Dawn Ng selects four in some of Singapore’s most unexpected locations to visit.

#1: Yeo Workshop
What: Situated within the leafy surrounds of Gillman Barracks, Yeo Workshop was founded in 2013 by Audrey Yeo, who formerly had a gallery in London. Representing emerging local and international artists, the gallery’s defining characteristic is its progressive nature, whether it be through the artists’ subject matter or their chosen medium. For example, rising Taiwanese artist Yu-Chen Wang’s installation This is the End… (on at press time) features framed drawings, levitated metal bundles and other-worldly creatures drawn directly on the gallery walls. #01-01, 1 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks On model: Cashmere vest, viscose top, silk flare pants, and platform Mary Janes, Max Mara. Mirror drop earrings, Loewe #2: K+
What: Situated in the midst of an upmarket mall, this pop-up space with neighbours like Hermes and Alexander McQueen, is the brainchild of design agency Kinetic Singapore. Only a year old, the gallery-cum-workshop has become a favourite among the fashion and creative set for its fun, eclectic roster of exhibitions that change monthly. Names that have shown on site include menswear designer Larry Peh and British textile artist Donna Wilson. Last month,  it was UU,  a collaboration between digital imaging studio Wishing Well Asia and Japan’s 3D Studio Watts and Mikanbako that lets visitors create mini figurines of themselves. #03-14/15 Scotts Square On model: Mink fur trenchcoat and silk halter-neck dress, Celine. Mirror drop earrings, Loewe #3: Artspace@Helutrans
What: Tucked away in an unassuming container warehouse at Keppel Bay, the 24,000 sq ft multipurpose art space offers a one of a kind viewing experience. Given that Helutrans’ main line of business is the transport and storage of artworks, opening a dedicated art space seven years ago was a fitting addition. Using a pop-up model, galleries, curators and artists can submit proposals to temporarily use the site’s three spaces. In Gallery 1 at press time, Filipino artist Iggy Rodriguez’s first exhibition in Singapore explores the human body as a symbol of alienation. Earlier last year, as part of the in-house Collector Series, major Singapore art patron Koh Seow Chuan exhibited over 100 works from his personal collection. The white cube’s raw, industrial edge – complete with exposed pipes – inevitably attracts fashion and luxury brands for their launches too. #02-03 Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road On model: Nylon sheath dress, Bottega Veneta #4: Shophouse 5
What: This new private art space owned by Chan Hampe Galleries – known for championing emerging contemporary artists in Singapore, including Dawn Ng – opened last August. Located on the first floor of a refurbished heritage shophouse in the red-light district, it supports exhibitions and talks on South-east Asian contemporary art, with more scope for larger installation works and external collaborations than Chan Hampe’s main Raffles Hotel space. Pictured here, Cruise, a multidisciplinary group show by painters Simon Ng and Khairullah Rahim, and video artist Hilary Schwartz that explores the subject of desire. This month, the Singapore artist collective known as Vertical Submarine will be taking over the space with an immersive installation. 5 Lorong 24A Geylang   On model: Polyester-blend top and matching midi skirt, and methacrylate ankle-strap sandals, Loewe   Text & Coordination Noelle Loh & Lucy Rees Photography Elvina Farkas/Anue Management, assisted by Mich Tan Art Direction Imran Jalal Hair Sean Ang Makeup Melissa Yeo/@fac3inc Model Henna L/Ave An adapted version first appeared in Female’s January issue, out on newsstands now.  Like this? Check out 5 art events you can’t miss in January.