30/3 Barnes Place Colombo, Sri Lanka / 94 777907321 / hempelgalleries.com
Hempel Galleries (HG) was founded in 2003 in the ancient Unesco protected Dutch Galle Fort on the South coast of Sri Lanka. It was set up to provide a platform for Sri Lankan contemporary artists, to showcase the ever-strengthening artistic talent emerging from Sri Lanka and the ever-increasing need for forums from which this talent can be seen internationally.Hempel Galleries currently runs two art galleries, one in the heart of central Colombo’s Cinanmon Gardens and one in Galle Fort, operating as commercial galleries and specializing in contemporary art from Sri Lanka. Open: By Appointment Only.
Lionel Wendt Art Gallery
18 Guildford Crescent, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka/ 9411.2695.794/ www.lionelwendt.org
This eponymous art complex was opened in 1953, in memory of Lionel Wendt, a member of the 43 Group and one of Sri Lanka’s greatest photographers. It is dedicated to exhibiting art and photography, as well as hosting dance, theatre and music performances. To this day, it remains one of Colombo’s major art centres, with two gallery spaces and a theatre with 600 seats; English-language productions and large musicals are often held here thanks to these facilities. Similarly, the gallery has hosted some of Sri Lanka’s most significant exhibitions, and continues to support the spirit of artistic excellence that Wendt and his contemporaries sought to embrace and embody.
Paradise Road Galleries
2 ALFRED HOUSE ROAD, COLOMBO 3, SRI LANKA/ 9411.2582.162 / www.paradiseroad.lk
Established in 1998 in the former offices of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. The gallery is located throughout the premises that also houses Paradise Road The Gallery Café. Exhibitions change monthly and present the leading contemporary artists from the island as well as South Asian contemporary artists.
Saskia Fernando Gallery
41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka/ 9411.7429.010/ www.saskiafernandogallery.com
Saskia Fernando Gallery was established in February 2009 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The gallery expanded in December 2013 to a space where it now stands as the largest contemporary art gallery in the island, housing two exhibition spaces and a private viewing gallery of over 300 works. Artists represented are either Sri Lankan by nationality or have a connection with the local art scene. In addition to presenting exhibitions monthly in the Colombo space, the gallery has collaborated on exhibitions internationally in London, Dubai and Singapore. Open: daily 10 am to 6 pm.
Art Way Gallery
NO. 66, Old Kesbewa Road, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka/ 9411.2852.606/ www.artgallery.lk
Art way Gallery, which opened doors in 2009 with initiative and support of 24 artists, is fast gaining reputation as a much sought after venue for Sri Lanka's best-known artists and connoisseurs of art from the island and abroad. Art Way Gallery was opened as a response to the ever- strengthening artistic talent emerging from Sri Lanka and the ever-increasing need for forums from which this little discovered talent can be seen internationally. Art way Gallery accepts commissioned work for portraits, busts, paintings, sculptures, outdoor sculptures, murals, themed interior decor for homes and institutions, landscaping and gardening or any other form of art, including digital media. Open: daily 9 am to 6 pm.
704 Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka/ 9401.1250.5559/ www.barefootceylon.com
The Colombo Gallery was begun by Barbara Sansoni in 1967 and had its home in Anderson Road in a building designed by Ulrik Plesner. The Colombo Gallery became Gallery 706 and that became the BAREFOOT GALLERY in the mid-nineties, which serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets, and filmmakers in Colombo.
Red Dot Gallery
39/4A, D.S. Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka/ 9411.2698.130/ www.theertha.org
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 the contemporary art. Theertha, supports art such as of the 90's Trend. It is a trend of art that challenged the existing aesthetics, methodologies and ideology in art making. Primary intentions of the Red Dot Gallery is to show case art that has found contemporary interpretations and manifestations taking their point of departure from art of the 90s Trend.