Events



August 2021



Virtual Workshop: Experimental Typography with Chani Perera




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.

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

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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.

Website: www.riothousesl.com
Instagram: @riothousesl.com




July 2021





Conversations Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa Archives




Session 2:
Resorts, Reports and Recollections
Shirley Surya and Meghal Perera use the archives to take a look at the Batujimbar Development in Bali and the Galle Face Green specifically, joined by Channa Daswatte who will share first-hand anecdotes to discuss the role of the drawings in Bawa’s practice.

Shirley Surya  | Place, Flows, and Transformations – Bawa in Bali
Meghal Perera | The Unbuilt Urban in Bawa’s Galle Face Green Report
Channa Daswatte | Drawing Stories
Moderated by Shayari de Silva

Thursday, 1 July 2021
6 p.m. (IST)
Zoom link
Passcode: 299738

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Conversations Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa Archives




Session 3:
Maps and Modernism
Exploring the creation of a sense of place in Bawa’s work, Jyoti Dhar looks at ways of drawing Lunuganga particularly, and Sean Anderson examines relationships with Modern Architecture.

Jyoti Dhar | Lore of Lunuganga
Sean Anderson | Vanishing Points
Moderated by Shayari de Silva

Thursday, 8 July 2021
6 p.m. (IST)
Zoom link
Passcode: 941471

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Virtual Workshop: Drawing life through comics with Irushi Tennekoon




In this workshop, Irushi will guide you in exploring your imaginative powers to make comics as a reflection of lived experience. All are welcome (even if you think you can’t draw!)

Saturday, 17 July 2021
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LKR 2,500
Limited spaces, email programmes@gbtrust.net to reserve

Suggested Supplies:
A few sheets of paper, Markers or felt pens, Pens and pencils Or your digital drawing device

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Irushi is an educator, animator and illustrator based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has a background in English Studies and is currently a lecturer of English language at the University of Colombo. She began experimenting with animation a few years ago, using her study table and a stop-motion app on her mobile phone. Since then, her animated films have won awards and been screened in numerous festivals in Sri Lanka and abroad. In her recent master’s thesis, she explored how personal history and inherited memories are archived through the form of comics in autobiographical graphic novels. Through her work, she continues to question how stories can be told in new ways, by exploring the depths of movement through space and time.

Website: www.irusdedoodles.com
Instagram: @irus_dedoodles


June 2021




Virtual Workshop: Observational drawing with Martina HC from Original Source & Supply





Saturday, 26 June 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
LKR 2,000
Limited spaces, email programmes@gbtrust.net to reserve

We often forget to pay attention to our environment, to take time to observe and actually see what surrounds us. Join our virtual illustration workshop with Martina, where we’ll practice different observational drawing exercises, using a plant of your choice as the subject.

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During lockdown in 2020, Martina found herself spending time looking at birds, animals and plants in her  garden. These observations were recorded through a set of illustrations. They then became the Sri Lanka Nature posters collection, part of the range for Original Source and Supply, the sustainable brand she has been running in Sri Lanka for the past six years.


Conversations Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa Archives




Session 1:
Archives and Places

An overview of the Bawa Archives and the role of such repositories in studying Modern Architectural history by Shayari de Silva and Tariq Jazeel.

Shayari de Silva |  It is Essential to be There
Tariq Jazeel | Rendering Place
(Moderated by Thilini Perera)

Thursday, 24 June 2021
6 p.m. (IST)
Zoom link
Passcode: 591244

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In Memoriam: Laki Senanayake





Please join us virtually in celebrating the life of Laki Senanayake with family, friends and collaborators including Channa Daswatte and Dominic Sansoni.

Sunday, 6 June 2021 at 6 p.m. (IST)
Join the virtual event via Zoom

Watch the live-streamed video here:
https://youtu.be/-TehQ3lmJvk



May 2021




Virtual Workshop: Illustrating (Canine*) Personalities with Sam Weerawardane





Saturday, 29 May 2021
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
LKR 2,500 per person
Limited spaces available,
please email programmes@gbtrust.net to register.

No one would deny that Geoffrey Bawa loved his dogs. The black-and-white aficionado owned a series of Dalmatians, all named Leopold, yet each dog had his own personality and character. In tribute to Bawa's Dalmatians and Barbara Sansoni's delightful anthropomorphic animal drawings, which Bawa treasured, this virtual workshop will show you how to bring your pet's unique personality to life. Illustrator Sam Weerawardane will demonstrate the conceptual and practical exercises necessary to draw out the character of your canine*, and work one-on-one with workshop participants as they develop their illustrated keepsake.
*All pets are allowed!
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With a background in advertising, Sam Weerawardane is an illustrator, designer and writer based in Sri Lanka. Having grown up around dogs, she is fascinated by their various antics, and sketches them to capture their curious natures and cheeky looks.



April 2021





Open Sundays Programme for April



View The Gift installation series at Lunuganga through our Open Sundays programme. Each month, on these dates you can visit the garden for free and view the five installations by Kengo Kuma, Lee Mingwei, Dominic Sansoni, Dayanita Singh and Chandragupta Thenuwara.

Lock in the following dates to view the works of art and to take a stroll through the beautiful Lunuganga Garden. 

Register here: http://bit.ly/opensundays

April Workshop at the De Saram House: Watercolour Workshop with Naturalist Sanath Herath





April 24 + 25 2021
2:30–5:30 p.m. on each day
De Saram House, Ward Place, Colombo 07
LKR 4000 per participant
Limited spaces available, please email programmes@gbtrust.net to register.
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Sanath Herath (@sanath_herath_skarts) recently graduated from the University of Moratuwa as a Landscape Architect, a discipline which involves the planning, design, management, and nurturing of the built and natural environments. He is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Kandy.

Given his interest in biology and the natural environment, he has been working as a freelance botanical and zoological illustrator for the past 6 years. His most recent project was for the ‘Dendrobium House’, where he completed a set of natural history drawings of dendrobium orchids, endemic birds, creepers and trees, among others.



March 2021




Learn Gold Leafing with Shaanea Mendis D’Silva




Many works in the Geoffrey Bawa collection include Gold Leaf elements; it was a technique favoured by Donald Friend and subsequently used extensively by artists Laki Senanayake and Ismeth Raheem, among others.

Discover the textural possibilities, through experimentation of leafing surfaces, with artist Shaanea Mendis D’Silva. In this workshop, Shaanea will demonstrate the basic gold leafing process, and work side by side with workshop participants to apply gold leaf on an object of their choice.

20 + 27 March 2021
2:30–5:30 pm
At the de Saram House on Ward Place, Colombo 07
LKR 6,500 (includes imitation gold leafing kit per participant and refreshments).

Limited spaces available, please email programmes@gbtrust.net to register.

Open Sundays Programme for March


View The Gift installation series at Lunuganga through our Open Sundays programme. Each month, on these dates you can visit the garden for free and view the five installations by Kengo Kuma, Lee Mingwei, Dominic Sansoni, Dayanita Singh and Chandragupta Thenuwara.

Lock in the following dates to view the works of art and to take a stroll through the beautiful Lunuganga Garden.

Guided tours by the curatorial team will be available at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. on each day.

Sunday, 21 March 2021
Other dates: 25 April

Register here: http://bit.ly/opensundays

Tour of Number 11 with Shayari de Silva, Curator of Geoffrey Bawa Art & Archival Collections 



Saturday, 27 March 2021
5 pm
LKR 3,500 (includes refreshments on the terrace at sunset)

Limited spaces available, register with programmes@gbtrust.net


February 2021




Open Sundays Programme for February


View The Gift installation series at Lunuganga through our Open Sundays programme. Each month, on these dates you can visit the garden for free and view the five installations by Kengo Kuma, Lee Mingwei, Dominic Sansoni, Dayanita Singh and Chandragupta Thenuwara.

Lock in the following dates to view the works of art and to take a stroll through the beautiful Lunuganga Garden.

Guided tours by the curatorial team will be available at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. on each day.

21 February

Register here: http://bit.ly/opensundays

De Saram house tours



Stay tuned for more tours of the de Saram house with the curator of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Shayari de Silva .

Please email programmes@gbtrust.net to get updates on the latest tour dates. 

Learn Gold Leafing with Shaanea Mendis D’Silva




Many works in the Geoffrey Bawa collection include Gold Leaf elements; it was a technique favoured by Donald Friend and subsequently used extensively by artists Laki Senanayake and Ismeth Raheem, among others.

Discover the textural possibilities, through experimentation of leafing surfaces, with artist Shaanea Mendis D’Silva. In this workshop, Shaanea will demonstrate the basic gold leafing process, and work side by side with workshop participants to apply gold leaf on an object of their choice.

13 + 14 February 2021 | 2:30–5:30 pm
At the de Saram House on Ward Place, Colombo 07
LKR 6,500 (includes imitation gold leafing kit per participant and refreshments).

Limited spaces available, please email programmes@gbtrust.net to register.

Shaanea Mendis D’Silva is a Sri Lankan born Visual Artist, with a BA (Hons) degree from The Lasalle College of The Arts , Singapore (2007). She has held 5 solo exhibitions to date at the Bombay Art Society (Mumbai), Barefoot Gallery (Colombo ) & The Lionel Wendt and Harold Pieris’ Galleries (Colombo), and group exhibited in Singapore, India and Sri Lanka.



January 2021




Open Sundays Programme for January


View The Gift installation series at Lunuganga through our Open Sundays programme. Each month, on these dates you can visit the garden for free and view the five installations by Kengo Kuma, Lee Mingwei, Dominic Sansoni, Dayanita Singh and Chandragupta Thenuwara.

Lock in the following dates to view the works of art and to take a stroll through the beautiful Lunuganga Garden.

Guided tours by the curatorial team will be available at 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. on each day.

31 January

Register here: http://bit.ly/opensundays

De Saram house tours




Take a tour of the de Saram house with the curator of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust, Shayari de Silva .

Please email programmes@gbtrust.net to get updates on the latest tour dates. 



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