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National Gallery Singapore - Artist & Empire
In association with Tate Britain
6 Oct 2016–26 Mar 2017
Singtel Special Exhibition Gallery

The Gallery’s second international exhibition explores the different ways in which the British Empire has been represented and contested through art. Drawing on close to 200 works from the 16th century to the present day, it examines art produced for the British Empire from a contemporary perspective alongside viewpoints from Southeast Asia. The exhibition also looks at the relationship between the colonial experience and the rise of modern art in former colonies such as Singapore, with a special focus on Sir Stamford Raffles.

Artist and Empire is organised by National Gallery Singapore in association with Tate Britain, London
Elizabeth Butler. The Remnants of an Army. 1879. Oil on canvas.
Collection of Tate. Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1897. © Tate, London 2016.

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6 Sep 2016, 9am

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6 Sep 2016, 10am

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Rating / Age Limit

  • All patron must purchase ticket for admission.

Photography / Video Recording Rules

  • No flash photography or videography is permitted in the galleries.
  • Still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
  • Photography may not be permitted in the special exhibition galleries.
  • Use of selfie sticks and tripods is also not permitted in the galleries.
Additional Info
  • No food and drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the galleries.
  • Tickets are only valid on the stipulated date, and for one entry.
  • Tickets cannot be refunded, sold or exchanged, and are void if altered.
  • Concession tickets are only valid for visitors who meet the concessionary requirements.
Ticket Type Singaporeans and PRs
Standard Concession
General Admission Free Free
All Access Pass
(General Admission
+ Artist & Empire)
$15 $10







Standard Concession
General Admission $20 $15
Artist & Empire $25 $20
All Access Pass
(General Admission
+ Artist & Empire)
$30 $25

Concessions* apply to:

  • Children 7 - 12 years
  • Seniors 60 years and above
  • Full-time National Servicemen (NSF) excluding foreign personnel
  • Overseas Students & Teachers
Enjoy free admission to Artist and Empire from 20 - 26 March 2016
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National Gallery Singapore – Artist & Empire - Curator's Tour
Join National Gallery Singapore’s curators as they take you through the special exhibition Artist and Empire: (En)countering Colonial Legacies, which explores the ways in which the British Empire has been represented and contested through art from the perspective of its former colonies and artists today. Focused on the curatorial framework and artwork highlights, these tours invite you to engage in close looking and explore new ways of seeing the world through art. 20 slots are available per tour on a first come, first served basis. Credit Line: Andrew Gilbert. British Infantry Advance on Jerusalem, 4th of July, 1879. 2015. Collection of the artist. © Tate, London 2016.
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Event Date
Thu, 6 Oct 2016-Sun, 26 Mar 2017
Sun – Thu, Public Holiday: 10am – 7pm
Fri – Sat, Eve of Public Holiday: 10am- 10pm
Ticket Pricing
Artist & Empire
Standard : S$25
Concession : S$20

Artist & Empire + General Admission
Standard : S$30
Concession : S$25

SG/PR Standard : S$15
SG/PR Concession : S$10

*Please note that General Admission tickets are free for Singaporean / PR. For General Admission tickets only, you may redeem your tickets here.