A4A PRODUCTION FUND

  • FUNDRAISER DURATION: 30th July - 30th October 

    PRINTS FOR LKR 20,000

    GOAL: LKR 700,000

  • Created in 2021, the Udayshanth Fernando Foundation (UFF) is a non-profit organisation seeking to support Sri Lankan artists and remedy the chronic underfunding of the art community on the island. The Artist for Artist Production Fund (A4A), the first initiative of the UFF, was created within the doors of Saskia Fernando Gallery. We are immensely grateful to our artists who have donated their works for the poster series below, all of which can be purchased for LKR 20,000. The entirety of the profit collected will be used to cover the production costs of a group of emerging artists selected via an ‘Open Call' who will have ongoing access to the patronage and curatorial  networks of SFG. Artists of all mediums will be encouraged to participate and an independent panel of judges will choose the finalists based on the project proposals provided.

    • Firi Rahman, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Firi Rahman, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Chudamani Clowes, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Chudamani Clowes, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Saskia Pintelon, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Saskia Pintelon, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Namal Kumara, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Namal Kumara, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Muvindu Binoy, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Muvindu Binoy, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Nuwan Nalaka, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

      Nuwan Nalaka, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

    • Priyantha Udagedera, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

      Priyantha Udagedera, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

    • Ruwan Prasanna, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Ruwan Prasanna, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Kingsley Gunatillake, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Kingsley Gunatillake, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Santha Jayalath, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Santha Jayalath, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Abdul Halik Azeez, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Abdul Halik Azeez, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Fabienne Francotte, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Fabienne Francotte, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Hashan Cooray, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

      Hashan Cooray, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 24"x18", LKR 20,000

    • Charith Wijesundara, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

      Charith Wijesundara, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

    • Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

      Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan, Limited Edition Print, 2021, 18"x24", LKR 20,000

  • OUR MISSION STATEMENT

     

    As the world was plunged into the darkness of COVID-19, we collectively looked toward the arts to bring light into our lives. The need for supporting the arts is more apparent than ever in the wake of the pandemic, but at no time is it more clear how under supported the industry is. When times get rough people lean on the arts for enrichment, and yet the art community is always the first to suffer from neglect. In 2020, the Udayshanth Fernando Foundation was created as a non-profit organisation to support artists within Sri Lanka’s Arts Community and rectify this neglect. In 2021, we are excited to launch the Artists for Artists Production Fund (A4A), an initiative hoping to derive its success from the sale of prints donated by Saskia Fernando Gallery artists and channel the funds collected entirely into launching the career of emerging artists, creating a cycle of reinvestment in the Sri Lankan art community. Our aim is to show that where art provides sustenance and enrichment, it also requires these necessities to be given back to it.

     

    The structure of the fundraiser begins with the donation of over 15 artworks by Saskia Fernando Gallery artists which will be collated in a poster print series. The funds raised from the sale of these prints will then be used in their entirety to sponsor 4-5 new artists, enabling us to cover their production costs for up to a year as they create a body of work. The funds will be allocated entirely as follows: a grant of LKR 100,000-150,000 per artist to cover production needs such as materials, workspaces, and transportation. Once completed, this body of work will remain entirely in the ownership of the artists, physically and intellectually.  The process of selection for these artists is structured in the form of an ‘Open Call,’ where artists of all mediums and stages will be encouraged to participate and an independent panel of judges composed of art experts and practitioners will choose the finalists based on the proposals provided. The A4A Production Fund will then work in continued conjunction with the Saskia Fernando Gallery and its network in order to provide the final artists access to mentorship from highly esteemed curators, artists, and patrons over the course of the year. Our goal is to raise a minimum of LKR 700,000; however, the more we are able to raise either through direct donations or through the sale of prints, the greater support we will be able to lend to the artists selected. If sufficient funds are raised, the A4A Production Fund is committed to expanding our selection process to seek out a larger number of artists to support. As a registered non-profit organization, the UFF is committed to providing regular updates on the progress of our fundraising efforts and the process involved in selecting the artists. After a 3-month period, the UFF will publish the total value of funds collected and detailed information regarding their allocation.