Formerly known as “2015 Drive”, SINGAPORE ARTS CLUB is the 2nd annual public arts project in Gillman Barracks. Over the evening of 22nd January, visitors participated in various activities throughout the art district. Supporting activities such as food and beverage pop-ups, live music, an Extreme Picnic hosted by Post-Museum, Dwellings at Gillman: Homes for Artists and Researchers by the NUS Architecture Year Two Design Studio and galleries which will be open after hours are some of the events exclusive to the night of the launch. The month of January will also see specialised lunchtime talks surrounding the project, and a complimentary circulation of an art and lifestyle publication, the Singapore Arts Club Workbook, elaborating on the means of contemporary art in Singapore, to help bridge the burgeoning art scene with the international art world.
DRIVE was a four month-long public art project comprising of an outdoor art exhibition and an Open Call Competition. Launched on 28 September 2014, the project began with the installation of ten gallery-sponsored artworks by established Singapore-based artists on the white façades of Gillman Barrcks. These were followed by the installation of 18 Open Call artworks that were entered into competition. The resulting outdoor art exhibition featured a selection of large-scale murals, photographi and illutrated vinyl prints and installations by a diverse group of Singapore-based artists. Along with a panel of judges, the public were invited to vote for their favourite artwork on Facebook.
The winning artist, Merryn Trevethan, was announced at a prize-giving ceremony at the Gillman Barracks Art After Dark Art Week Celebration on 23 January 2015. Aside from 5,000 SGD, she also wins a curated spread in Art Republik Magazine. Her vibrant mural, Accelerator City, is located at Block 9, Gillman Barracks.
Aside the from the Open Call, DRIVE also hosted a series of artist engagement talks and workshops at Gillman Barracks throughout the duration of the project. These were all free of charge and open to the public.