Arts Council of Sri Lanka
State Arts and Sculpture Advisory Board

State Arts and Sculpture Advisory Board is established for the purpose of advising and assisting the Arts council on the general advancement of the visual arts and to support a vibrant community of visual artists, visual arts groups and organizations so that the public can experience the highest standard of visual arts, in Sri Lanka.
Visual Arts include a range of media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, live art/performance, crafts, Architecture, film, video or other digital imaging media.

Panel Profile

PRIYANTHA UDAGEDARA
Chairman

One of the most renowned artists and art historian in Sri Lanka with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Contemporary Fine Art Practice and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Contemporary Art and Design Practice from the Faculty of Arts in the Leeds Metropolitan University through the ‘President Scholarship’ awarded by the Presidents Fund, Sri Lanka in the year 2006. Furthermore, other educational qualifications include Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Painting from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, University of Kelaniya and the Certificate of completion in Desktop Publishing from the Institute of Printing and Graphics. Since the year 2015, he has been serving as a lecturer in University of Visual and Performing Arts, at the Department of Art History and Theory University of Visual and Performing Arts Colombo and he has been serving as a visiting lecturer at the American National Collage Colombo.


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KINGSLEY GUNATILLAKE
Member

Kingsley Gunatillake is a painter, an installation artist and a book artist. His formal training includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fine Art University of Colombo and a diploma in Environmental Education from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 1994. Gunatillake is currently a visiting lecturer on the faculty of Visual Arts of the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo. He has had several solo exhibitions in Sri Lanka, the UK, the Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, India and Japan. He has also participated in many group exhibitions and international artist camps both in Sri Lanka and abroad, most recently in France, the UK, Japan, Pakistan, India and at the Seongnam International Art Fair in Korea. Gunatillake has also been the recipient of a number of national awards since 1980 as well as international awards from both Czechoslovakia and Japan. He is a council member of the Vibhavi Academy Fine Arts and a founder of Child Art Studio. Gunatillake’s painting, s


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UDAYA HEWAWASAM
Member

Udaya Hewawasam is a freelance art conservator based in Colombo with 30 + years of experience in the field of conservation/restoration on heritage materials and contemporary works of art in public and private collections in Sri Lanka, Italy, France, Portugal, India and Pakistan.
Obtained specialized trainings in active and preventive conservation from ICCROM (The International center for study preservation and restoration of cultural property in Rome) in 1991, 1993, 2009, & 2015. Conservation course at Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology in 1986, uncompleted Bachelor of Science at the Open University of Colombo (1988-1993) and studied of paintings and drawings under late Mr. Stanley Abeysinghe (1988-89) became the main education frame in his career.
He is a visiting lecturer to the department of history and art Theory at University of Visual and Performing Arts since 2009 to gallery studies course unit and was a visiting instructor to the conservation course at the Postgraduate Ins


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K. W. JANARANJANA
Member

A Lawyer by profession, Janaranjana is a senior journalist and an editorial cartoonist. He was the Former Editor-in -Chief of the weekly newspaper –’Ravaya’. He is a diploma holder of University of Sri Jayawardenepura in communication and after completing the Attorney’s finals examinations, he has enrolled as a member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. He was the founder member and the CEO of Rights Now Collective for Democracy during 2007-2008 periods. He has served as the assistant secretary and secretary for Free Media Movement for several years and currently he is functioning as an executive committee member. He is a lecture of Law and currently he is serving as a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Professional Studies (CFPS) Colombo. He is an active member of Lawyers for Democracy.


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T P G AMARAJEEWA
Member

T P G Amarajeewa is a visual artist and a Printer. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Visual and Performance Arts Colombo. He is known best for his contemporary visual response to the three decades of war in the Eastern province of the country. Amarajeewa has held many exhibitions both in Sri Lanka and overseas and has participated in many group exhibitions and international artist and cultural exchange programs.


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ANOMAA RAJAKARUNA
Member

Anomaa Rajakaruna has travelled extensively in Sri Lanka documenting the lives of community groups, particularly the lives of women and children in these communities and has addressed issues such as women in armed conflict, displacement, sexual harassment and violence against women among others. She uses poetry, photography and documentary film for expression and has won several awards for her work nationally and internationally. Her poetry collection ‘Gothirika Premaya’ (2000) is one of the most critically acclaimed women’s poetry collections in Sri Lanka. She has published a short story collection ‘Kadadasi Oru’ (1983) and have written over 15 screen plays for television. Rajakaruna is the first female editor of a cinema journal in in Sri Lanka and she edited ‘Chithrapata’ a Quarterly Cinema Magazine published by the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka and since 2011 she edits a Quarterly Cinema Journal, ‘ ‘14 - Prakashanayata Awakashayak’. Rajakaruna worked in the editorial b


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CHANDRA LEKAMARACHCHI
Member

Chandra Lekamarachchi is a Lecturer (Visiting) of the Department of History and Art Theory at University of Visual and performing Arts; Colombo 07. Her research interests include Study of Urban Space and Visual Culture. She is the Assistant Editor of the Sinhala language cultural studies journal, Pathitha.


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T SHANAATHANAN
Member

Artist and educator Shanaanthanan is known as one of the prominent and influential contemporary artists of the country. He was born in Jaffna and pursued education in art and holds Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Shanaathanan’s work has been exhibited widely in Sri Lanka and as well as at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver; Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane; Museum of Ethnology, Vienna; Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Art History, Department of Fine Arts, Jaffna University and advisor on Sri Lanka's national curriculum for teaching art in schools. His artist books include The One Year Drawing Project, The Incomplete Thombu, and A–Z of Conflict (forthcoming). Shanaathanan is also the co-founder of the Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Design (SLAAD); the first archive of its kind in the country and an important resource of books and printe


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VARUNA DE SILVA
Member

Chartered architect and industry professional Varuna de Silva is known for his minimalist yet beautiful designs and projects. He is an Associate Member (AIA) of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and a member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Varuna studied at Royal College and completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Moratuwa and started lecturing at the same university as a visiting lecturer. Presently he is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture. Varuna was the first ever participant from Sri Lanka for the prestigious Glenn Murcutt International Master Class in Sydney; a residential studio program and a major annual event of the architecture world, and was awarded a 50% scholarship.


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PRAGEETH RATHNAYAKE
Member

Prageeth Rathnayake is an emerging visual artist of the new generation. Following the footsteps of his father who was known for his work as a local artist and Brother Sujith Rathnayake; who is also a renowned artist for his iconic work, Prageeth entered to the Sri Lankan art scene at a very young age. Known for his unique contemporary artistic approach in bringing mind opening subjects to the canvas, Prageeth has held four solo exhibitions and a number of group exhibitions in Sri Lanka as well as in overseas. He gained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree ((Paintings First Class) from the University of Visual and Performing Arts in 2007. Currently Prageeth is engaging in art exhibitions, workshops and other art related activities locally and internationally and working as an Art Director and a set designer at the Sri Lanka Rupawahini Co-operation.


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