National Gallery Singapore aims to bring art closer to people’s hearts and everyday lives by turning void decks into a gateway to art. The People’s Gallery, which rolls out island-wide today, transforms more than 25 such open spaces into galleries for the public to discover 50 surprising artworks by Singapore and Southeast Asian artists, using QR codes and Augmented Reality (AR) technology. This exciting new outreach initiative is part of the Gallery’s continued push, as it marks its 5th anniversary, to extend the positive impact of art to an even broader range of audiences through approachable and personal experiences with art beyond the walls of the museum.
Leveraging AR technology, the Gallery is able to scale its reach and transform more than 25 Housing Development Boards (HDB) void decks across eight heartland neighbourhoods ̶ Bishan, Toa Payoh, Jurong West, Marine Parade, Serangoon, Pasir Ris, Punggol, and Yishun ̶ into AR art galleries. The use of SafeEntry TraceTogether check-ins has already taught Singaporeans from all walks of lives how easy and convenient it is to use the humble QR code. Each void deck features up to 10 QR codes which will be refreshed with different artworks four times over the three-month run, from 13 September to end-November.
Works of art shown in The People’s Gallery include a bold, abstract figure-painting titled Reclining Nude (undated) by Singapore artist, art educator and art critic Chia Wai Hon; a striking photograph of Samsui women in Two Workers (1968 reprinted in 2017) by Singapore photographer Tan Lip Seng; and a socio-political commentary painting by Filipino multimedia artist, Jose Tence Ruiz, titled The Pro-rated Wage of the Abang Guard (2011).
More info: www.thepeoplesgallery.sg
When: 1 Sep - 30 Nov 2021,