Looking to check out Singapore Art Week 2023 (SAW) this weekend? Make sure to stop by this quirky and unique gachapon exhibition, filled with Gachapon machines that you can actually play! Brought to you creative studio Knuckles & Notch, this adorable interactive exhibition is aptly titled Let’s Play Ball!, bringing back the nostalgic fun of old-school gachapon machines.
The exhibition puts an arty twist on the classic Gachapon machine, but is no less novel and exciting. Instead of dispensing miniature trinkets or toys, each play will earn you a capsule ball containing a special limited-edition artwork or collectible that’s handmade by one of the 10 participating artists for SAW 2023: literally “art that fits in your palm!
Each machine is dedicated to the works of one particular visual artist, with works from artists like @highnunchicken, @seedoubleyouuu, @sandyplayig, @hellovanlim. As each artwork and collectible is painstakingly and lovingly handmade by each of the artists, prices for a token to play the Gachapon are a little pricey—with artworks priced at an average of $50, and some ranging between $30 to $70. But if you think about it: you’re essentially purchasing one-of-a-kind works of art that are unlikely to ever be made again, which makes the art all the more worth the price tag.
After playing around with the Gachapon machines, feel free to look around the rest of Knuckles & Notch’s studio, filled with various art, illustrations, prints, zines, merchandise and more. Let’s Play Ball! will be open to the public from now till 22nd January 2023, and admission is free.
Dates: Now till 22nd January 2023
Address: 261 Waterloo St, #02-25, Singapore 180261
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12pm-7pm