Looking for something to do on the weekend, or making rainy-day plans for a solo date out? It’s always nice to wander an art gallery or two and admire the many artworks on display. Here are 25 unique art galleries in Singapore that are free to enter, some of which you may not have even heard of.
1. National Design Centre
A creative space for local and international designers, the National Design Centre also plays host to travelling exhibitions like N*thing is Possible and have unique showcases that play on design and art.
2. National Gallery
You can’t not mention the National Gallery when it comes to art galleries. Home to a large collection of Southeast-Asian art, the gallery has both local and overseas collections, with art exhibitions that rotate every few months. Guided tours are available, and cover both the history and art of the gallery.
3. The Art Abode: Lim Tze Peng
The works of prominent local artist Lim Tze Peng are displayed in The Art Abode; a free public art gallery where you’ll be able to view Lim’s best calligraphy paintings and works. The paintings on display change every three months too, so you can expect something different.
📍 61 Ubi Rd 1, #03-29/30 Oxley Bizhub, Singapore 408727
🕒 11am – 7pm (Tue to Sun)
Both an interior design studio and art gallery, Supperhouse showcases local artists, and in some of their more unique exhibitions, turns art and fashion into a contemporary art exhibition. Their next exhibition, There are Flowers in the Morning Mist until 15 January 2023, brings more perspectives on art.
5. Art Now
Located in Raffles Hotel, Art Now is a unique gallery which features avant-garde artists and contemporary art. You can expect new and unconventional works here, which makes for great photos. Don’t miss the Kawaiimpressionism exhibition by tokidoki creator Simone Legno, which will run until March 2023.
6. Artcommune Gallery
With a focus on Singapore modern art, Artcommune Gallery gives local artists the spotlight, with Cheong Soo Pieng, Ong Kim Seng, and other artisans’ works on display. Their AC43 gallery brings unique mediums of art to the public, with wide and varied ways in which art can be both expressive of present perspectives and yet inventive at the same time.
7. Yang Gallery
Singapore and Beijing-inspired gallery Yang Gallery’s minimalist style and unique artworks are sure to catch your eye. Showcasing whimsical contemporary artworks and traditional artist exhibitions, there’s something for everyone.
8. ION Orchard Art Gallery
Did you know ION Orchard has its own art gallery? With rotating exhibitions from local and international artists, there’s something new to admire at the gallery, from Barbie exhibitions to modern Asian art.
9. Art Porters Gallery
With artworks across different mediums like drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and digital animation, Art Porters Gallery has unique exhibitions by Asian artists and artworks for sale.
10. Van Gogh Void Deck
Ever heard of an ‘art gallery’ in a void deck? You can now view Vincent Van Gogh’s works at a void deck in MacPherson, decked out in renditions of works like the famous ‘Starry Night’, ‘Blossoming Almond Tree’, and even a biography of the artist on the walls.
📍 56 Pipit Rd, Singapore 370056
🕒 24 hours (Mon to Sun)
11. OPEN STUDIOS
Functioning as both a design studio and showcase of LASALLE art students’ work, OPEN STUDIOS has a unique gallery of student works, as well as workshops the public can take part in. You can expect to be treated to contemporary art and creative projects here.
12. UltraSupernew Gallery
A unique gallery housing creative art, the quirky space has seen exhibitions like a fantastical taxidermy collection and a satirical commentary on existential dread. There’s always something eccentric and fun going on at UltraSupernew Gallery, so keep a lookout for their next collaboration!
13. Botanical Art Gallery
It’s always pleasing to look at floral prints or sketches of leaves, and you’ll find plenty of that at the Botanical Art Gallery, with their ongoing exhibition, the Flora of Southeast Asia, showcasing botanical sketches from around the region.
14. Hatch Art Project
A contemporary art gallery showcasing the works of young artists, Hatch Art Project has plenty of interesting exhibitions revolving around various themes, including posthuman realities, social issues, and artists who present occasional solo shows.
15. FOST Gallery
You’ve likely heard of FOST Gallery, which has been featuring various artworks from Southeast Asian artists for over 16 years. The gallery’s minimalist interior puts its art in the spotlight with a group exhibition, Echoes of Anticipation, displaying the best works of the year, ending 31 December 2022.
16. Yeo Workshop
Another well-known name is Yeo Workshop, a contemporary art gallery with a multi-disciplinary approach. Their eclectic installations are based around technology, post-apocalyptic themes and relationships, inviting visitors to connect with the art in the space.
17. Mucciaccia Gallery
Mucciaccia Gallery has since branched out from its original gallery in Rome to include four other countries, with Singapore being its only Southeast Asian gallery. With Italian artists and contemporary art, there’s always something new and unique on display.
18. Yavuz Gallery
Established in Singapore in 2010, Yavuz Gallery is dedicated to representing a diverse group of established and emerging artists from around the world through contemporary art. Most of their exhibitions are also themed around the social significance of artworks which challenge the ever-changing issues of our times.
19. Goshen Art Gallery
Goshen Art Gallery is an international art gallery with over 8000 pieces of artworks by renowned local and international artists in its collection, having been around since 1979. They also have an art and heritage tour in the works, so keep a lookout for that.
A photography and film gallery, Objectifs puts out art exhibitions combining the two mediums and everyday objects. If you’re into picking up a new skill, check out their beginner-level photography and film workshops.
21. Mizuma Gallery
Mizuma Gallery originated in Tokyo, though it has since branched out to Japan and Singapore with Japanese-themed art exhibitions. Don’t miss indieguerillas, an abstract collection of paintings, sculptures, and wall installations which will be on display until 19 January 2023.
22. NUS Museum
This art museum with collections from classical Chinese and Indian materials to modern and contemporary Southeast Asian and Singaporean art may be tucked away in the NUS campus, but it is open to the public. You can expect exhibitions like Fistful of Colours: Moments of Chinese Cosmopolitanism running until end-2022, a collection of artworks from the late Qing Dynasty to the present moment to explore the social history of art through ink paintings, and other Asian-focused exhibitions.
23. Gajah Gallery
Known for being a multi-disciplinary Southeast Asian gallery, Gajah Gallery’s sculptures are sure to catch your eye. Showcasing art from the region, the gallery has hosted solo artist exhibitions, sculpture exhibitions and art in different mediums, perfect for those interested in various forms of art.
24. Woodlands Drive 62
If you live in the west, you won’t want to miss this one. An IG-worthy wall mural collection lies in a void deck in Woodlands Drive 62, where you can find local art murals like kampung houses and paddy fields, with vibrant colours sure to brighten up your social feeds.
📍683C Woodlands Drive 62, Singapore 733683
🕒 24 hours (Mon to Sun)
25. REDSEA Gallery
REDSEA Gallery puts international artists into the spotlight with exhibitions from artisans all around the globe. From Russian artists to French artists, you’ll never know what exciting experiences are coming next, so keep a lookout for their upcoming ones.
With plenty to see and do, it’s time to round up your friends, partner, or simply take yourself out to these 25 unique art galleries in Singapore!
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