Community Workshop on Handmade Soap Manufacturing

Date and location: 7th of December 3.00pm, Dispensary Lane Cul de Sac

The Handmade Soap Manufacturing workshop is intended  to create employment opportunities for the women of Dispensary Lane, Slave Island and also to popularise local herbal ingredients such as turmeric, aloe vera, coconut oil which have been used for Ayurvedic skincare treatments for centuries.

H W Architects will conduct this workshop with Vidatha.

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‘Tell Me Something’: Jayne Dyer & Unity Mission Trust (UMT) for CAB 2016

The Colombo Art Biennale 2016 is thrilled to have on board acclaimed Australian artist, Jayne Dyer, and Unity Mission Trust, a local non-profit with a mission to fostering unity, integration, healing and reconciliation. Together they will collaborate to develop “Tell Me Something…”, a multi-media installation featuring the thoughts, aspirations, and insights of youth leaders from diverse backgrounds across Sri Lanka, created especially for the Biennale. Come join them on their journey of connecting with and creating an open dialogue regarding the current thoughts, issues and aspirations of young Sri Lankans wishing to make a positive impact on the country both on an individual and broader scale.

This Project is funded by Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong, The Australian High Commission, Sri Lanka & The Colombo Art Biennale.

Click below to hear Jayne Dyer talk more about “Tell Me Something…”

Background of Tell Me Something…

Tell Me Something… is the next iteration of I Wish (2007-2015), that documented 700+ individual responses in Hong Kong (Lingnan University residency, 2007), Taiwan (Asialink-Australia funded residency, 2008), Tibet (Australia Council new work grant, 2009), mainland China, Macau, Portugal and Australia (self-funded Project).


Jayne Dyer portrait

Jane Dyer is an Australian artist living and working between Australia, Asia and Europe. She is committed to intercultural exchange between Australia and Asia, with an increasing focus on east and west Europe. Jane undertakes interdisciplinary, often collaborative projects that address human behaviour and perception. In 2013 she received the inaugural Australian Federal Government Individual Artist Award for achievements in Asia and has also been awarded a public service medal for contributions to art and education from the Australian Government.

Jane’s international experience includes numerous residencies, commissions and curated exhibitions in Europe, Asia, America and Australia. This year  included a major exhibition, Last Things, at Bury Art Museum, Manchester, England, developed in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren; and a solo exhibition, Sharpness, at Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. In 2015 she developed a significant installation “It’s closing time for gardens of the west”, in the 56th Venice Biennale, for Personal Structures-Crossing Borders, at Palazzo Mora, Venice; organized by the European Cultural Centre/Global Art Affairs Foundation, Holland/PITT Projects, England.

Recent projects include Unbound, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2013); House of Gold, Chenies Manor House, Buckinghamshire, England (2013); Ger to Ger, Mongolia National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2013); The protest that never ends, ARTISTERIUM 5 / 2012, Tbilisi, Georgia; The Butterfly Effect, ARTBosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey (2012); URS27 Urban Regeneration Series, Taipei City Urban Redevelopment initiative, Taiwan (2011); postEDEN, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2010); Spill, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2009).


umt logoBorn out of a vision for a special service to the people of Sri Lanka, and for the Nation’s future, in particular to the young people of the Wanni who had experienced much trauma, UMT commenced operations at Menik Far in May 2009, reaching out to children, teenagers and young leaders. It is formalized as a non-profit trust, governed by a Board of Trustees, and run by a fully volunteer based Executive committee and Operations Committee that is strengthened by a Regional Network of Youth Leaders spread across the country.

Unity Mission Trust now specializes in facilitating Leadership Development and the bringing together of youth from the North with those from across Sri Lanka in a unique manner.

The workshops and camps facilitated by UMT have been successful in building enduring friendships and creating a new understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and overall sense of unity amongst participants.

Theertha Performance Platform (TPP) Workshops and Participatory Performances

In keeping with the CAB2016 theme ‘Conceiving Space’, 18 local performance artists of the Theertha Performance Platform will team up with 3 international performance artists from India and Serbia to explore the concept of space and public participation through performance art.

The three day program led by Dr Godwin Constantine and Bandu Manamperi, both practicing performance artists, will consist of morning workshops on performance art techniques with participation of youths from the University of Jaffna, University of Batticaloa, Sri Palee Campus, University of Kelaniya, and University of Peradeniya.

These workshops will be held at the Slave Island Community Centre from the 9th-10th December, and will be open, free-of-charge, to interested community members. Following the footsteps of their successful outdoor production ‘Borders and Lines’ in 2015, the evenings will feature impromptu participatory public performances, held in and around Slave Island. These performances will explore the themes of inclusion, exclusion and the exploration of surrounding space.

Theertha Performance Platform Symposium 

A symposium organized by TPP will aim to explore the new role of the spectator, bringing to question traditional views of spectators being mere observers of art. They will discuss the role of a performance art spectator as beyond a passive onlooker, and deliberate the manner in which this change is taking place especially in the context of public space performance.




Mullegama Art Centre Children’s Art Project for CAB2016

Creative expression is often inspired by an artist’s surroundings as well as their engagement and understanding of the spaces they inhabit. In an age where, increasingly, many aspects of life are becoming concentrated within the confines of indoors and digital space, the art of understanding context through conversation, exploration, and observation can often be sidelined.

In hopes of re-igniting the love of exploration and strengthening important interpersonal skills of the young, 2010 Sovereign Prize Winner Pala Pothupitiya, 2016 Sovereign Prize Finalist Pradeep Thalwatte and curator Lalith Manage, with a collaboration of local artists, will lead an exciting, experiential 6 day workshop for 21 children. Participants hailing from the Mullegama Art Centre, Sri Palee Campus (University of Colombo) and from the communities within Slave Island will explore popular and industrious, everyday walking routes as guided by the inhabitants of Slave Island. The inspiration gathered from observations and first-hand experience of the topography, industries, and community ties will be expressed in artistic form through paintings and sculptures – utilizing sketching, digital documentation, and scrap material gathered by students during these walks.

The unique sculptures and art work depicting aspects of life in Slave Island as seen through a youngster’s eye, will be displayed throughout Slave Island during the Colombo Art Biennale.

This project is funded by the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong, which aims to provide recognition to the growing contemporary art talent in Asia, and brings proven benefits of art therapy to marginalized children.

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