Art Galleries in Colombo

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Art Galleries in Colombo

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  • conormdi
    Cavan, Ireland110 contributions
    Unlike other countries we visited, local artwork was not that easy to come by on our trip to Sri Lanka. It’s always great to bring home a painting or some art work that can remind you of your trip. All along independence square are local artists displaying there work and it’s fantastic. All your typical Sri Lanka scenes (elephants, monks, fishermen, etc) plus some fabulous expressionist art and some more modern interpretations. I regret not buying more. Haggle on prices but they all seemed very genuine and it’s their livelihood so don’t be disrespectful. Prices varied from 8000-12000.
    Written 23 April 2019
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  • Jesper Spiegelberg
    Copenhagen, Denmark6 contributions
    This is a must go, if ur in Colombo.. a sacred place in the hectic city. The gallery is part of an breathtaking open house, with a stunning garden in the middle of it all.

    As soon as u enter, you will be very warmly welcomed by the lovely family who lives there.

    The husband who is the artist, will guide you thru all his work. And he made his art accessible for everyone. Since you can leave the gallery with a poster or an original art piece. So it’s all up to you how u will enrich ur own home.

    We was even that lucky, to be able to book a yoga session with the wife who is also a yoga teacher and sound healer.

    Just wow.
    Don’t leave Colombo without stopping by.
    Written 18 January 2020
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  • Ranee B
    Adelaide, Australia770 contributions
    We were very disappointed with this, There are nice paintings but no plaques with information as to the subject matter or the name of the artist. There should be a small label beneath each painting. There was no one capable of giving us any information, but just 2 security guards!!!
    The area next door with the sculptures was closed. Very sad to see this in a beautiful building located in a very nice area in Colombo, located just before the entrance to the National Museum on the left.
    Written 18 August 2018
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  • Seevali D
    Colombo, Sri Lanka8,464 contributions
    I have been visiting Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre for over 20 years. My last visit was on 17th and 19th January 2020 to view two art exhibitions.
    The Art Centre is named after photographer and Artist Lionel Wendt. It stands at 18, Guildford Crescent (now named Premasiri Kemadasa Mawatha) in Colombo and is the place where the artist originally built his small house that he made accessible to art lovers.
    The theatre for performing arts has over 600 seats and is the premier location in Colombo for both Sinhala and English stage plays, with an occasional one in Tamil. Here at this theatre, I have watched the stage dramas Maname, Sinhabahu and Hunuwataye Kathawa among many others. Though non-alcoholic drinks are available at a little cafeteria, visitors are not permitted to take food or drinks into the theatre. The theatre is air conditioned. It is run-down and a renovation would be much appreciated by patrons.
    Photographic and sculpture exhibitions are held at the two art galleries. The one on the ground floor facing the road is the more common one. Here I viewed an exhibition of paintings by four artists on 17th January 2020. On the same day there was another exhibition at the Harold Peiris gallery upstairs displaying wild-life photography. I enjoyed both exhibitions that were of a high order.
    Photographic Society of Sri Lanka conducts its operations in one of the rooms on the ground floor. Photographic enthusiasts meet here regularly. The society organizes educational programmes for beginners and enthusiasts. They also conduct an annual international photographic exhibition.
    The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre is the premier institution dedicated to the performing arts, to drama, ballet and music, and to painting, sculpture and photography.
    The four stars allocated do not reflect comfort at the Art Centre. It reflects the quality of paintings exhibited and the high standard of plays staged there.
    Written 31 January 2020
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  • Ruveka A
    1 contribution
    I'm constantly amazed by the wide range of quality art supplies at plate. They always have what i want. The best art supplies shop in sri lanka!
    Written 15 June 2020
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  • Mohan W
    1 contribution
    A much needed art gallery providing the opportunity to some of the talented artists ! Worth a visit where the friendly staff will ensure all your questions and needs are taken care of
    Written 19 July 2021
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  • GilbeyCooks
    Colombo, Sri Lanka82 contributions
    Exquisite little shop showcasing work of small emerging artisans of Sri Lanka. Worth a stop on your meanderings in Colombo.
    Written 29 December 2019
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