Whether you’re an art newbie looking to make your first foray into the world of art appreciation, or a connoisseur hunting down your next favourite masterpiece, there’s plenty of galleries, fairs and stores in Singapore you can hit up to get your artistic fix—you just need to know where to look. We suss out seven of the best galleries and fairs in Singapore where you can buy art.
A fan of Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn’ or ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’? The gurus of all things modern art, Collectors Contemporary, might have just what you need.
The folks at Collectors Contemporary place a focus on the exhibition and sale of contemporary art pieces. Think big names such as Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, London-based duo STATIC and yes, the pioneer of pop art himself, Andy Warhol. In fact, Collectors Contemporary holds one of the largest collections of Warhol art in the region.
Pedro Centre. 5 Jalan Kilang Barat #06-06, Singapore 159349.
By appointment only.
Kult Studio & Gallery
Posters inspired by cult classic films, illustration zines and statement T-shirts—these are just some of the urban art pieces you’ll find at Kult Gallery. The trendy gallery houses works by young street artists and illustrators from Singapore and the world over, and is one of the newest additions to the local art scene.
Shop here and bedeck your home with works that are synonymous with the unconventional, unpredictable and cutting-edge, most of which cost under S$1,000.
Emily Hill. Block C2-5, 11 Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228120. +65 6338 1066.
Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat 2-7pm.
For art with an indie angle, head to Artistry. This intimate gallery-slash-café is tucked away in an old shophouse in the Kampong Gelam district. There, culture vultures can find a range of photography, design and paintings by local artists—the perfect opportunity to #supportlocal.
Artistry aims to give up-and-coming artists a platform to showcase their works, often playing host to debut exhibitions as well as informational talks and events.
Artistry. 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149. +65 6298 2420.
Tue-Sat 10am-11.30pm; Sun 10am-7pm.
Affordable Art Fair
If galleries aren’t quite your scene, head to Singapore’s biggest affordable art show. The Affordable Art Fair is a good starting point for budding art enthusiasts, as it houses a wide range of art from over 40 galleries and private collectors. The price range for artwork here starts from S$100 and goes up to a maximum of S$15,000, with most art pieces priced under S$7,500. Shoppers with a budget can check out the Under $1,000 Wall for artworks that won’t break the bank.
F1 Pit Building. 1 Republic Boulevard. Singapore 038975. +65 6220 5682.
For accessible art with Lion City flair, head to Naiise. Known for putting vintage Singaporean icons and uniquely local designs on art prints, canvas tote bags and even cutlery, Naiise has become a popular art and design retail option for the everyday Singaporean. Decorate your space with quirky art prints of kueh (bite-sized snacks and desserts), mooncakes and other quintessentially Singaporean illustrations, or wear your artistic tastes on your sleeve when you sport slogan T-shirts emblazoned with local inside jokes in a classically Naiise fashion.
The Cathay. 2 Handy Road #B1-08, Singapore 229233. +65 6266 8418.
orchardgateway. 277 Orchard Road, #02-02/24, Singapore 238858. +65 6266 8418.
Shaw Centre. 1 Scotts Road, #03-02, Singapore 228208. +65 6266 8418.
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sun 11am-10pm.
For full list of stores, see here.
Gallery & Co.
After you’ve marvelled at the variety of collections in the National Gallery Singapore, exit through the gift shop in style at Gallery & Co.There, you’ll find art that you can actually take home. Gallery & Co. fuses art and design into a curated retail experience—among its products (many of which are designed in Singapore) are pieces in theme with the National Gallery’s current exhibits.
Gallery & Co. also has a bookstore stocked with some great artsy reads. Delve into one of its books and sip on a cuppa while you lounge in its café space.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 St Andrew’s Road #01-17, Singapore 178957.
Retail: Mon-Thu & Sun 10am-7pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm.
Café: Mon-Wed & Sun 11am-7pm; Thu-Sat 3pm-late.
Bar: Thu-Sat 3pm-late; Sun 3-7pm.