2019 Nov 21
Expression plays a pivotal role in a culture overflowing with diverse thoughts and feelings such as ours. To exhibit, revel or find solace in another’s work is an experience so delightful, so much so that we had to tell you where you could go to, to experience the finest of art around! Take a look below.
National Art Gallery
The country’s first national art gallery located in Colombo 7 showcases permanent exhibitions by local artists. The artwork consists mainly of portraits and landscape paintings as well as some statues and sculptures. A great place to discover Sri Lankan culture, the National Art Gallery is a chance for young artists to exhibit their talent
Address: 106 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 00700
Opening Hours: 9 am – 4 pm; Closed on weekends
Contact: 0112 693 965
Begun by Barbara Sansoni in 1967 and originally known as The Colombo Gallery, Barefoot Gallery has served as a platform for artists, musicians and other creatives in Colombo. The artists are able to display their talents in multiple ways such as exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, and plays. The cafe which is also on the premises is a great spot for wonderful food and is a venue for hosting private dinners and parties.
Address: 704 Galle Road, Colombo 3
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday/ Poya Day 11 am to 5 pm
Contact: 011 2589305
Established in the former residence of artist Harry Pieris, The Sapumal Foundation Gallery is one of Colombo’s lesser-known attractions. Works by George Keyt, Ivan Pieris, Geoffrey Beling, Lionel Wendt, Richard Gabriel, Justin Deraniyagala, the leading members of the 43 group are on display at the Sapumal Gallery. A studio apartment which is rented out to visiting artists is also the venue for children’s and adults’ art classes.
Address:4, 32 Barnes Pl, Colombo 00700
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10 am – 1 pm; closed on Monday and Tuesday
Contact: 0112 695 731
Located in Barnes Place, Colombo with another gallery in Galle Fort, Hempel has played a part in developing art in Sri Lanka through its presence at international festivals and through the Colombo Art Biennale. Annoushka Hempel, organizer of the Biennale, uses her space to host the work of the nation’s prominent artists as well as lesser-known talent and represent artists like Anoli Perera, Pradeep Chandrasiri and Cora De Lang.
Address:30/3 Barnes Pl, Colombo 00700
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Contact: 077 790 7321
Saskia Fernando Gallery
The Saskia Fernando Gallery was established in February 2009 in Colombo and underwent expansion in 2013 to a space where it now stands as the largest contemporary art gallery in the island, housing two exhibition spaces and an inventory of over 1000 works by leading and emerging local contemporary artists. Artists such as Jagath Weerasinghe, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Nadia Haji Omar are some artists who have displayed their work at this gallery.
Address: 41 Horton Pl, Colombo 00700
Opening Hours: 10 am – 6 pm
Contact: 0117 429 010
Paradise Road Gallery Cafe
The former offices of famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa now house the Paradise Road Gallery as well as the Gallery Cafe. Exhibitions change regularly and present leading artists from the island as well as from South Asia.
Address: 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 03
Opening Hours: Daily 10 am – 11.30 pm
Contact: 011 2582162 / 011 2556564
JDA Perera Gallery
The gallery located at the Faculty of Visual Arts was built with the aim of fulfilling a long-felt need for a fully-fledged gallery in Sri Lanka for local and foreign art lovers. The Gallery which is a realization of a dream of generations of students and well-wishers was named after J. D. A. Perera, a cultural, intellectual and artist of international repute who had established systematic study of Arts in Sri Lanka.
Address: 46 Horton Pl, Colombo 00700
Opening Hours: Mon-fri 8 am – 4 pm
Contact: 0112 693 933
Lionel Wendt Art Centre
Located in the renowned Lionel Wendt Theatre, the Art Centre is available for rent and has been popular among artists, especially for mid-career artists. In addition, it has been used for exhibitions of craft, handloom and a popular space to host workshops on photography, art etc.
Address: 18 Guildford Cres, Colombo 00700
Opening Hours: 9.30 am – 7.30 pm
Contact: 0112 695 794
Artway Gallery accepts commissioned work for portraits, busts, paintings, sculptures, outdoor sculptures, murals including digital media situated in a charming old residence, painted in pristine white with its prominent gabled roof, and the ambience is filled with soothing music. It is a place where artists meet, are given the space to showcase their work, discuss and share ideas.
Address:66, 66 Old Kesbewa Rd, Nugegoda 10250
Opening Hours: 9 am- 6 pm
Contact: 076 359 5511
Red Dot Gallery
The Red Dot Gallery was opened in 2007 as an expansion of the Theertha’s activities which demanded exhibition spaces that understood the needs of contemporary art. Theertha is a trend of art which has challenged existing aesthetics, methodologies, and ideologies in art-making. The primary intention of the Red Dot Gallery is to showcase art that has found expression in contemporary interpretations taking as their point of departure, the ideological premises of the 90s Trend.
Address: 39/4 A, D S Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 8
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10a m–5 pm and Sun 11 am-3 pm
Contact: 011 2 698130