No need to head to town to ogle at art

Who says artworks must be admired in stuffy museums? Not our favourite National Gallery Singapore, that’s for sure. For years, they’ve been making Southeast Asian art accessible to the local public, and now, they are taking things up several notches by transforming local void deck spaces into mini museums. Collectively, these locales are called The People’s Gallery.

So check out art in everyday spaces as the public housing areas will bear “artworks” from now till end-November.


In its three-month run, the initiative will take place at neighbourhoods across eight heartlands including Bishan, Toa Payoh, Jurong West, Serangoon and Pasir Ris. Each void deck will feature up to 10 QR codes which will be refreshed with different works for a total of four times. Thanks to AR technology, all users will have to do is scan the codes on the pillars and visit the interactive microsite to view the various pieces.


For starters, The People’s Gallery will offer works such as Reclining Nude (undated) by Chia Wai Hon, Two Workers (1968, reprinted in 2017) by Tan Lip Seng, and The Pro-rated Wage of the Abang Guard (2011) by Jose Tence Ruiz.


The public can also feel free to respond to the artworks by sharing their thoughts and interpretations on the microsite and read what others have to say. In fact, those who share their views and offer feedback will be eligible to redeem a free, one-year Gallery Insider membership worth up to $120 in value. This includes privileges like unlimited access to exhibitions and discounts for selected programmes, museum merchandise and the Gallery’s culinary offerings.

Now you won’t have to head down to town just to ogle at art.

Find your nearest Gallery here.