Gillman Barracks, Singapore’s expansive 20th-century military barracks turned contemporary “arts cluster,” has some spaces to fill.
On October 12, it was announced that Singaporean curator Khairuddin Hori will be joining Palais de Tokyo, Paris, as its deputy programming director. Hori, who is currently serving as senior curator at the Singapore Art Museum, will take up his new position next month.
On Saturday, January 18th, at Singapore’s Suntec City convention center, the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards (PEA) for emerging Asian artists went to Ben Quilty of Sydney, Australia. Comprising of five categories—digital/video, installation, painting, photography, sculpture—the award recognized Quilty as the overall winner as well as the category winner for painting. Judging the PEA was a panel of seven art and cultural professionals including Nick Mitzevich from the Art Gallery of Southern Australia, Nigel Hurst from the Saatchi Gallery, Serenella Ciclitira of Parallel Contemporary Art, and Tan Boon Hui from Singapore’s National Heritage Board.
German-born Ute Meta Bauer has been appointed as founding director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Nanyang Technological University’s national research center, which opened in Singapore’s Gillman Barracks on October 23, coinciding with the 4th edition of the Singapore Biennale. In her commencement speech, Bauer outlined plans for the CCA, which is supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board, to operate as a local hub with an international perspective, with the overall aim to “shape and profile a new institution that embraces academic scholarship and research with art as knowledge production in its own right.”
One of Singapore’s longest-standing galleries, Element Art Space, is moving to a new location in the Raffles Hotel Arcade in the central district.