Support Local Art Talks

  • The first conversation of the #SupportLocalArt Talk Series supported by Nations Trust Private Banking and organized by Saskia Fernando Gallery, included four of Sri Lanka's most prominent patrons discussing the varied forms of art patronage alongside their unique experiences and projects; from the corporate to the individual patron. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    The conversation took place on 19 July 2021 and joining the panel were patrons Anojie Amerasinghe, Ajit Gunewardene, Nadija Tambiah and Udayshanth Fernando; moderated by Saskia Fernando.


  • #SupportLocalArt Talk: The Curator featured curators Sandev Handy, Hasini Haputhanthri, Sharmini Pereira and Shayari de Silva. This conversation touched on their initiatives and the struggles involved in preserving and nurturing modern and contemporary art across the island. Moderated by Saskia Fernando, the conversation discusses ongoing projects, exploring the landscape for curatorial practices in Sri Lanka and defining what the actual role of a curator is, demystifying what has become an overused buzzword.


  • #SupportLocalArt Talk series, The Collector. On the panel are collectors Chamika De Alwis, Niloo Jayatilake, Lahiru Pathmalal and Samaadhi Weerasinghe. This conversation touches on some of the diverse collectors on the island, the way in which they approach collecting and what drives them to collect art.