Where to find Street Art in Singapore: Little India

If you enjoyed hunting for street art in the Kampong Glam district, another area to head to where you can find a surprising little cluster of street art works is in the popular tourist district of Little India. Perhaps more famous for fabric shops, spicy curries and the amazing 24-hour Mustafa Shopping Centre that stocks everything you can think of, there are several spots here where you can see some artworks by well-known figures in the international street art scene.

  • Added Feb 2016: New murals off Belilios Lane and Upper Dickson Street. Confirmed removed: Buffalo Road cow mural, Bellwethers fairytale characters
  • Added Oct 2015: Collaborative works by Haha from Australia and Singapore’s TraseOne at Tekka Centre, and a giant cow wall mural at Buffalo Road

I’ve embedded a Google Map at the bottom of the post to help, or go here for more. Check out Singapore Street Art on Instagram or Tumblr as well for more places in Singapore to discover awesome street art.

Getting there: The closest MRT station is Little India (NorthEast Line, Downtown Line) and about 5-10mins walk away

ROWELL ROAD

The pedestrian stretch between Rowell and Desker Road are where you can see works by two prominent American street artists Elmac and Tyke Witnes AWR who were invited to put up their works during the Singapore Night Festival in 2010. There’s also a surprising series of fairytale related art in the Bellwethers Bistro just next to it (which is sadly being converted into a jewellers, those works are unlikely to be kept!)

Singapore Street Art - Rowell road alley
Alley way connecting Rowell Road and Desker Road. The building which these works are on used to belong to Post Museum but now belongs to Broadcast HQ
Singapore Street Art - Elmac Light
Light in Little India by Elmac – I ADORE THIS. Elmac’s work blew me away in London, and continues to blog my mind. The detail up close is quite incredible.
Singapore Street Art - Green Goblins Tyke Witnes AWR LR
Green Goblins by Tyke Witnes AWR – it’s quite a stark contrast to the Elmac work on its left, but still stunning nonetheless
Singapore Street Art - Bellwethers Boy Wolf
The work is signed fd’13 (at least I think it is) but I have no clue who that is
Singapore Street Art - Bellwethers Fairytale
Sadly, these works were getting painted over last I saw (Nov 2014)

 

VEERASAMY ROAD

Jalan Besar – Rowell Court RC sits in the void deck of Blk 640 Rowell Road, though it’s actually found between Veerasamy and Hindoo Road. It’s quite merrily decorated with murals, but this one by Kyerule is my favourite:

Singapore Street Art - Little India Street Me
How do you resist mugging for a shot with a scene like this?
Singapore Street Art - Little India Street
Without my ridiculous posing

PERAK ROAD

You’ll find Ernest Zacharevic’s first Singapore works from 2012 here at Perak Hotel (12 Perak Road) – a cheeky little boy with a hundred dollar bill on a fishing line! Also, there are apparently some of his other works here which I sadly couldn’t find – check out this photo album and see if you can see these works, it looks to me like you need to be a guest of the hotel to see them properly!

Singapore Street Art - Perak Hotel Money Boy
Giving you an idea how high up the artwork is
Singapore Street Art - Perak Hotel Money Boy Close up
view from below so you can see the detail

 

TEKKA CENTRE

Head over to the the famous Tekka Centre and look for the entrance to the carpark along Buffalo Road – that’s where you will spot these lovely collaboration works between Singapore’s TraseOne and Australia’s Haha aka Regan Tamanui is celebration of SG50 for a project called 50 Bridges in May 2015. Titled ‘Cricket and Classical’, quite apt given the Indian heritage of the area! Haha covered the Cricket works while TraseOne did the Indian Classical figures.

Singapore Street Art - Haha-TraseOne Cricket and Classica
The works cover 6 pillars facing Buffalo Road
Singapore Street Art - Haha Cricket 2
Close up of Haha’s work – he’s famous for his stencils
Singapore Street Art - TraseOne Classical 3
This Classical Indian dancer is quite beautiful
Singapore Street Art - Haha Cricket 3
Notice the birds in his art? Those give a bit of a tie back to Australia as they are Aussie birds!
Singapore Street Art - TraseOne Classical 1
I’m digging the colours in the background
Singapore Street Art - Haha Cricket 1
Cricket is a popular game to the Indian community, as well as the Australian one!
Singapore Street Art - TraseOne Classical 2
This background is my favourite for the bird shape

 

BUFFALO ROAD*

Further along Buffalo Road is this large mural on the wall right outside the exit of the Little India MRT Station Exit. Created in Jan 2015 during Singapore Art Week for ArtWalk Little India 2015, this piece by artist Eunice Lim is a bright and cheery addition to the area, and harkens both to the name of the road it is on and the reverence that the Indian diaspora places upon cattle. (Update: this piece has since been removed as of Jan 2016)

Singapore Street Art - Eunice Lim Cattleland
Cattleland by night – it’s a huge piece that apparently the artist drew freehand with just a grid to guide her! Sadly no longer there :/

BELILIOS LANE

Again for ArtWalk Little India but this time in 2016, another 2 murals were created off Belilios Lane. There is one very large one by Psyfool which features various Indian tradesmen that’s quite visible, but do take a walk along that little alley and you’ll spot another hidden piece by Mojoko behind reminiscent of old Indian cinema posters!

Singapore Street Art - Psyfool Little India Trades
Traditional Trades of Little India by Psyfool – how many do you recognize? There is the parrot astrologer who uses a parrot to pick fortunes, a garland maker who makes these fragrant flower chains, Kacang Puteh man who sells the street snacks, and of course the dhobis – washermen and women for which Dhoby Ghaut was named for!
Singapore Street Art - Mojoko Belilios Lane
Sensory Overload by Mojoko – By the time I saw this in January 2016, it was already faded (below). The photo above was taken by Chris Chai who helped to install it and the colours were much more vivid, though there’s something quite charming about the faded version…

 

UPPER DICKSON ROAD

This one is also a little bit hidden, off an alleyway along Upper Dickson Road. It’s another mural done for ArtWalk Little India 2016 by Priyageetha d/o Diayalan. As you enter Upper Dickson Road from Serangoon Road, look for an alley on your left – this mural is a little way inside the alley but it is quite large so you can spot it from the main road.

Singapore Street Art - Patterns Little India
Loops of the Precious – this piece is inspired by traditional Indian goldsmiths, a dying trade but you can still find some jewelers around the area

 

BONUS

I found this random piece of work while wandering in the back alleys – I forgot to take down where it was, so kudos to you if you find it, and even more love if you can tell me who it was by.

Singapore Street Art - Random Skateboarder
Who did this?

Do check out Singapore Street Art at singaporestreetart.tumblr.com and on instagram @singaporestreetart – it aims to document all past and present street art in Singapore, so do send over any snaps you might have!

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7 comments to Where to find Street Art in Singapore: Little India

    • The one by Eunice got whitewashed recently… the one by Haha and Ts1 I’m pretty sure was still up the last time I was there though! But then again these things can change pretty quickly!

  1. I’ve been to Little India several time and was only familiar with a handful of the street art there! Really helpful… how did you manage to discover them?

  2. Thanks for the info on this. I’ll try to make time to visit the next I make it to Singapore.

    I used to be one of those people very uneasy about street art – is it true art v vandalism? Then I saw the amazing displays of art work whilst in Melbourne and could really appreciate the high level of skill and creativity used by so many.

    • You can look me up when you next come to Singapore and I’ll bring you around to check out the hot spots 🙂

      Well like all art, some of it is an eyesore, but the really good ones are awesome and jaw dropping! I like the way street art has an additional element that often uses or reflects the environment that it’s in, which is something you don’t always get from art hanging in galleries!

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