September 2021

with Ashini

Sunday, 26 September 2021
2 p.m. (SLST)
LKR 2,500
Limited spaces, email to register
This virtual workshop aims to open a dialogue on how photography can be used to reorient architecture and offer new perspectives of the built environment. Participants will engage in discourse on abstract and unconventional methods of composition in image-making, followed by a short break to create their own geometric photographs and a final hour for group feedback.

Ashini Nanayakkara uses photography to explore the formal arrangements of shape, line, colour, and pattern to create illusory and geometric compositions. By testing the medium’s capacity for abstraction, her work seeks to extend the vocabulary of photographic representation and create new ways of seeing in the digital age.

August 2021

Closing conversation:
The Gift at Lunuganga

Sunday, 29 August 2021
10 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. (SLST)
Free and open to all;

Watch the Conversation
In 2019, as part of the artistic programme commemorating Geoffrey Bawa’s 100th birthday, Lunuganga hosted a series of installations by artists and makers from Sri Lanka and abroad, in a series where the garden was explored as a site of hospitality and a place of encounter. Each artist responded to Bawa’s practice and his garden through a unique, site-specific work developed over an almost two-year period. Launched in January 2020 on the cusp of a global pandemic, the works endured a time of unprecedented uncertainty, and offered pause for reflection on the meanings of generosity and intimacy.

Marking the closing of The Gift, the five artists, Kengo Kuma, Lee Mingwei, Chandragupta Thenuwara, Dayanita Singh and Dominic Sansoni will speak with Suhanya Raffel, (Executive Director at M+ Museum in Hong Kong and trustee, Geoffrey Bawa and Lunuganga Trust) about their experiences and processes making and engaging with work in this last year.

View The Gift projects

Virtual Workshop: Experimental Typography with Chani Perera

Sunday, 8 August 2021
10 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (SLST)
Free and open to all; register in advance for this meeting:

Registration Link

Geoffrey Bawa’s architectural practice not only involved designing spaces but also customising typography for certain projects such as the Bentota Beach Hotel and the Kandalama Hotel. Building on this relationship between architecture and typography, Chani will guide you in exploring type as image experiments in a knowledge exchange mixed media  workshop.

An avid lover of puns, buns, the sun and reruns, Chani loves experimenting. Whether she's designing or teaching, she approaches everything and everyone as an experiment. That way no-one gets bored. Chani is currently a tutor at the Visual Communication department and the Strategic Advisor to the BA programme at AOD. Her very own experiment Riot House, is a developing curation of her journey in graphic design, through which she collaborates, creates and educates.


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