Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Family Visit to Gillman Barracks!

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Wow! It had been years since I last visited the place and it was to some watering holes in the evenings. I do not even know what it is like at this place when the sun is up, so we paid the place a visit recently, just to find out more!

Playeum - The Children's Centre for Creativity

This creative space for kiddos located somewhere right inside of Gillman Barracks is currently having its third hands-on exhibition named "A World Full of Stories" right now. Never been here before but the feel I got when I first stepped into the place, is freedom. The freedom for the kiddos to explore, be themselves, create and be in their own elements, whatever it may be. They got an "taster" of what it will be like to tell their own stories as they explored the various interactive exhibits by various artists, drew their interpretation of "time" and also got to enjoy a storytelling session too.

Useful Information 
Location: Blk 47, Gillman Barracks,  #01-23, Singapore 109444
Operating Hours: Current exhibition till 30 April 2017. Tue - Sun, 10am - 6pm
Price: $22 per child with one accompanying adult, additional adults at $10

Lock Route - Public Art at Gillman Barracks

We next went on a guided tour around the barracks, much like a recruit's route march, albeit at a super leisurely pace over a pretty short distance! The art installations are scattered all over the place with signs to tell you more about the art pieces and the artists behind them too. Would be nice to bring the kiddos around and explain to them a little about the ideas behind the creations and who knows that might just ignite the creativity they have in them!

Useful Information
Location: All around Gillman Barracks
Operating Hours: From now till 30 June 2017, 24hrs
Price: FREE

Definitely not my first time at Timbre but it was my first at their outlet at Gillman Barracks. The thin crust duck pizza brought back some old memories of my past drinking days! But here it has definitely turned into a family place where the adults can chill with a glass of beer while keeping an eye on the young ones as they expand their energies on the bouncing castle and pirate ship! The more I think about it, the more it feels like a neverending children's birthday party over there every Sat and Sun with the Super Social BBQ going on! For the month of March, the theme is "Prince & Princess' and the kiddos can take part in crafting their own crowns or tiaras, get their faces painted or even dress up as princes and princesses!

Useful Information
Location: 9A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108926
Super Socal BBQ Operating Hours: Sat and Sun (4pm - late)

Art Day Out! X Singapore Design Week 2017

This edition of Art Day Out! on Sat, 11 Mar 2017 celebrates all things design, and brings together a collection of local and international design activities as part of Singapore Design Week. Highlights of this edition include the first Singapore + Wallpaper* Handmade Classics exhibition:MultipliCITY, design workshops and public presentations held at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore alongside various other LOCK ROUTE fringe activities and performances. Check out the details below -

Singapore + Wallpaper* Handmade Classics: MultipliCITY 
9 March – 11 June 2017 
Blk 9, #03-21, 9 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks 
Free admission 

The exhibition will showcase 15 original one-off pieces and unique design collaborations by internationally renowned artists, designers and craftsmen from past Handmade exhibitions. For this special Singapore edition, the pieces are curated according to the theme 'MultipliCITY', which acknowledges Singapore's heritage of adaptability, versatility, diversity and invention.

NTU Centre For Contemporary Art Singapore 
2pm – 7pm 
Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks 
Free admission

Check out the guided tours at 3pm and 5pm on "The Making of an Institution" that captures different moments in the development of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore) connecting artistic projects, discursive manifestations, and the institutional apparatus in a seamless display. It looks back into its young past in order to shape its future.

Friends Of The Museum Tours 
Art & History Tour: 4 – 5:30pm History & Heritage Tour: 5 - 6pm 
Meeting point: Block 9 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks 
Free admission but registration required here.

Presented by Friends of the Museum, the Art & History Tour is for all art enthusiasts looking for a unique encounter with art and a dose of the Barracks' history. For history buffs, a dedicated History & Heritage Tour focuses on the Barracks' evolution from a British military barracks in the 1936 to today's contemporary art enclave of Singapore.

Playeum Children's Centre For Creativity

Only on Art Day Out!, the Children’s Centre for Creativity’s exhibition A World Full of Stories will feature a special 20% discount across all ticket categories. Discounted entry applies from 2:00pm onwards. Regular admission rates will apply from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 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 2pm – 6pm.

And after all those activities, you can always chill over at Timbre @ Gillman but reservation is strongly encouraged since the place is usually packed!

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