Art in the heartlands
National Gallery Singapore has used advanced technology to create multimedia art experiences in void decks all over Singapore. (Photo: National Gallery Singapore)

Art in the heartlands

The People’s Gallery is an innovative series of exhibitions that takes art to the heartlands. The exhibitions, which were put together by National Gallery Singapore, turn 27 HDB void decks into multimedia galleries and will run until the end of November.

A smartphone and a curious eye are all you need to explore this specially curated collection of 50 surprising artworks by Singaporean and Southeast Asian artists. The void deck galleries are regularly refreshed with different artworks to keep you coming back for more.

Scan the QR codes and you will be transported to a gallery as art appears on the walls through the power of augmented reality. In keeping with National Gallery Singapore’s fifth anniversary theme: ‘Bridging Divides’, a microsite offers interpretive labels in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Tune into audio guides and watch videos related to different artworks, see what others are saying about the exhibition, and write your own comments.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Reclining Nude – a bold semi-abstract figure-painting by Singaporean artist, art critic and educator, Chia Wai Hon.
  • Two Workers – a striking image of Samsui women captured by photographer Tan Lip Seng in 1968.
  • The Pro-rated Wage of the Abang Guard – a powerful social and political commentary by Filipino artist, Jose Tence Ruiz.
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Chong Siak Ching, CEO of National Gallery Singapore, explains the rationale behind the initiative. “To be a progressive museum for the people, we must continue to create inclusive art experiences that foster a culture of art appreciation among the public. Leveraging technology has allowed us to ‘hang art on walls’ without concerns about climate control and security. We hope to connect more widely with our local communities as we bring art to where they are, to every corner of Singapore.”

See all the locations for The People’s Gallery here.

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