Exhibition of water colour paintings
British artist Robert Sedgley will hold an exhibition of water colour
paintings at the Artists Gallery, 18A, Sarasavi Gardens, Nawala Road,
Nugegoda on February 8 from 10 am. to 8.30 pm. The exhibition will be
opened by Lion Lal Manuelge on February 7 at 6.30 pm.
One of the exhibits
Robert Sedgley, a British artist living in Spain, has been visiting
Sri Lanka annually since 1998 and has held five exhibitions here. Many
will remember his very successful debut at the barefoot Gallery with his
'Street Level' show of watercolours in 2002, followed a year later by
his exhibition entitled "Trading Places". But it was his show at the
Artists' Gallery of S.H. Sarath at the turn of the century which first
introduced him to this country. This was followed by his exhibition,
'From Humble Dwellings to Holy Places' at the Sri Lanka Institute of
Following the events of the tsunami he held a donation show, again at
the Artists' Gallery, the proceeds of which were donated to the
International Children's Villages which provides homes for orphans.
Robert Sedgley works in a variety of media. His oil paintings are
largely of figures, depicting people relaxing and lying on beaches.
These are sometimes in a realistic style and at others semi-abstracted
creating a fragmented appearance characteristic of strong sunlight
reflecting off flesh and brightly coloured costumes and beach towels,
and deep shadow.
Other figure paintings depict people eating in restaurants (a common
activity in Mediterranean Spin) in a more expressionistic mode of
Following a journey by bus through the north of Spain he produced a
series entitled Road and Bridge, 'which, through the use of colour and
mark-making express a sense of space and movement through the landscape.
Undergraduate Indian Scholarships in Fine Arts
The Indian Cultural Centre in Colombo offers undergraduate
scholarships in Fine Arts (Music, Dance and Painting) by the Indian
Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
Applicants should be between 20-25 years and possess a minimum of
three passes in GCE Advanced Level including "B" pass in the subject
applied for Dance, Music or Art. In addition, they should have at least
a pass in English language at GCE Ordinary Level. The application forms
can be obtained from the Indian Cultural Centre, No.16/2, Gregory's
Road, Colombo - 7 on weekdays between 9.30 am to 1.00 pm from January
27to February 3. The applicant should come in person to collect the
Application forms duly filled in and supported by VCD or video
cassettes and photographs should be handed over to the Indian Cultural
Centre between 10 to 1 pm in person by February10. The applicants must
bring their original certificates at the time of submission of their
duly filled in forms. For further details please call ICC at telephone
Candidates from upcountry areas may obtain applications forms and
submit them to the office of the Assistant High Commission of India,
Annual Kala Pola today
The George Keyt Foundation will hold the 19th Kala Pola today at
Nelum Pokuna Mawatha, Colombo 7.
A scene from a previous
The Kala Pola has established itself as the most successful, popular
and unrivalled artistic event of the year in Colombo - for artists and
aspiring artists a mutually supporting secular festival and a testing
ground for their efforts, and for the public it provides undoubtedly one
of shopping's highest satisfactions - making the totally unexpected
discovery in a random encounter, to take home something greater even
than the best of bargains.
Kala Pola has taken painting and sculpture from galleries and museums
into the open air and provided a large spread of it for several
thousands to appreciate and select from.
The Kala Pola was presented for the first tine in July 1993 and
thereafter in January of every successive year. It has been presented by
the George Keyt Foundation and is now in the 19th year. It will be the
18th presentation sponsored by the John Keells Group.
The core objective of the George Keyt Foundation has been
"Opportunity for Art". This opportunity has also helped greatly in
discovering artists, and for the artists it is a terrific exposure to
the public and each other. These are two great benefits in the promotion
of the arts in Sri Lanka through the Kala Pola.
A scene from the play
Sriyantha Mendis' comic play Gabbara Minisa will be staged at the
Tower Hall theatre on February 5 at 3.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.
The cast include Sriyantha Mendis, Kusum Renu, Sarath Kothalawala,
Vasantha Vittachchi, Malkanthi Jayasinghe, Sujeewa Priyalal and Mihiri
Kawya, an exhibition of painting by Kolvin Settinayake will be held
on February 3 at 4.00 p.m. at the National Art Gallery.