Life too still at Singapore's $10m art hub

Several tenants at the Lion City's Gillman Barracks art hub are planning to pull up stakes, citing low sales and a dearth of international collectors and local buyers.

Singapore’s premier arts cluster at Gillman Barracks was launched in September 2012. After witnessing the continuing success of local and international galleries, art fairs, and auctions in Hong Kong, the government swung into action with a $10 million revamping of the former British army site built in 1936.

However, after less than three years, all may not be well with the government’s attempt to create a vibrant art market in the Lion City.

From the original group of 17 galleries that rented space in the refurbished colonial barracks, five including The Drawing Room, Equator Art Projects, Space Cottonseed, Timio Koyama, and Silverlens have already indicated that they...

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