The Artists for Artists Production Fund (A4A) was an initiative launched by Saskia Fernando Gallery in collaboration with Udayshanth Fernando Foundation in October 2021. As Sri Lanka’s first publicly funded arts grant, aimed at fostering emerging artists in the region, A4A marked a milestone in Sri Lankan contemporary art. The final stage of the project is a group exhibition presenting works created over the subsequent year by the grantees of the fund, Aruni Dharmakirti, Lojithan Ram, and Randika de Silva.
The inaugural A4A Production Fund was generated from the sale of limited-edition poster prints donated by artists working with SFG and Paradise Road Galleries, and the grantees were selected from submissions received through an open call and judging process. The 2021 judging panel included Ms. Sonal Singh, Managing Director of Christie’s India, Dr. Sanjana Hattotuwa, Founder of Groundviews and Prof. Jagath Weerasinghe, Artist and Archaeologist.