Aside from the glamorous celebration of visual arts in the city centre and the cosy art appreciation session in the quaint neighbourhoods with hundred years of history, hidden in the southern ridges of Singapore is another artsy enclave for the creative community.
Set against the backdrop of majestic trees, Gillman Barracks is a visual art cluster frequented by those in the know. Longing to escape the city over the weekend? Let see what an art-filled staycation in an urban oasis would look like!
Arty Party on a Friday Night
Gillman Barracks is best enjoyed on a breezy evening. Our local insider recommends visiting the Barracks during their Art After Dark open houses happen bi-monthly on a Friday night. However, if you’re looking for a party of a bigger scale, look out for the flagship edition of Art After Dark during the Singapore Art Week held each January.
Explore the art exhibitions, have fun with the programmes and get your supper fix at Barracks’ extensive dining pop-ups. The weekend has to start right, and it starts on Friday night.
Gillman Barracks - Art After Dark
9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937
A Sleepover in an Urban Oasis
Take a dip in Park Hotel Alexandra’s infinity pool on the 7th floor. This 25 metres infinity pool overlooking the spectacular view of the interlace building is certainly not to be missed. Kick back a couple of drinks or freshly squeezed juice right at the swim-up bar, that’s what weekend should look like.
Breakfast can be enjoyed indoor or at the poolside terrace. The hotel’s only restaurant – The Carvery, offers a gastronomical buffet experience from day to night.
For meat lovers, be sure to check out their delectable medley of premium roast meats at lunch and dinner time. 3 – 4 types of meats are on a daily rotation, which might include the prime beef ribs, New Zealand lamb legs, pork knuckle with crackling and rotisserie chicken.
Park Hotel Alexandra
323 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159972
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Seeing Art Through Play
Bringing the little ones to the staycation? A craftsy and imaginative playdate at Playeum would surely make the kids’ day. Build a portable camera, or an infant car using everyday materials like boxes, paper rolls with your kids, or simply marvel at the endless possibilities at their different workshops that stimulates creativity!
47 Malan Road #01-23, Singapore 109444
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Visit here to complete the SAW itineraries:
Singapore Art Week: Civic District & Marina Bay Itinerary
Singapore Art Week: Bras Basah & Bugis Itinerary
Singapore Art Week: Jalan Besar & Little India