ALL ABOUT THE COLOMBO DANCE PLATFORM Björn Ketels – Director Goethe Institut Colombo : Q | What is the aim of the third edition of the Dance platform and what kind of impact does it hope to have on the participants? A | In this years’ dance platform the artists are given funds and support to produce new work. The dance platform can be seen as ...

FASHION WITH PERSISTENCE; CRAFTING A LIVELIHOOD It is no secret that Sri Lanka has a rich history in arts and crafts. Dating back to over two thousand years, crafts such as beeralu, handloom, lace making, batik and jewellery to name a few, have evolved through times of the aborigines and also with the governance of the Dutch and English. The unique creative measures and skills Sri ...

PALA POTHUPITIYA’S LATEST WORK In a statement in 2010 Pala said “‘Motherland’ and the idea of safeguarding the motherland, and being proud of it, create a veil of ignorance”. This was the year after the 30-year war in Sri Lanka had ended. And today, things have evolved and taken new form; His latest works are on Sri Lanka’s current post-war situations and focus on ...

SUSTAINABLE GLASS DESIGN IN SRI LANKA BY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR JULIE ROSS. GLASS ARTIST “Design thinking is increasingly being used to address our biggest societal challenges; as such design can be a powerful driver of action for sustainable change.” (Design for Sustainable Change. Chick, A. and Micklethwaite, P. 2011) Sustainability is becoming the ‘language’ of many politicians, large corporations and society as a whole where debates to find long term solutions to secure a ...

WHAT’S ARTIST’S TABLE? ARTRA Magazine is proud to be the Official Art Magazine for the Artist Table, organized by Trekurious together with the Saskia Fernando Gallery . This is a series of quarterly private dinners, which will provide art enthusiasts and collectors an opportunity to dine inside the intimacy of the Gallery in the company of a leading Artist. These dinners are aimed ...

Immad the Man THE RAPPING POET GAVINDA BOLONGHE IN CONVERSATION WITH IMAAD MAJEED. Q | If you could tell me about the events you organized at Charcoal. Why you think it’s different to other musical gathering around time. A| The doors of Charcoal Gallery Cafe are open to local talent yearning to express itself. I took the initiative to try out my first ...

Brilliant Natalie Soysa Natalie Soysa is the Head of Arts at British Council and the creative mind behind Social Canvas, Which started as a workshop with 50 Artists and Curators of different visual disciplines who worked together to create sample pieces. read more about this initiative and Natalie on our Oct/Nov issue out now. For more read page 26 – 27 ARTRA Magazine ...

International Film Festival Colombo 2014 We have the inside coverage of IFFC 2014. You can read all about it including an exclusive interview with the Festival Director and movie reviews. For more read page 6 – 1 ARTRA Magazine Oct / Nov E14. Purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Gandhara, SarasaviBookshops, The Sandwich Factory Col 7, Yamaha Music Centre – Col 7, Cannon Col 3, Milk ...

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR FOR ARTRA MAGAZINE APR/MAY E11 – NIFRAZ RIFAZ Nifraz Rifaz, a writer, believes that writing is an important tool that could be used to make a great impact in people’s lives. Good writing can inspire people, promote democracy, encourage dialogue, change perspective and break stereotypes. Writing also helps to say what you want to say in a very strong and powerful way. ‘Sometimes when I pass graveyards ...

BORN FREE ARTIST | THUSHNI DE SILVA As introduced in the 8th endowment of ARTRA Magazine, ‘Born Free Art’ is the genre that captures wildlife from the perspective of the artist. Essentially, photography highlighted under this section recognizes the effort of the photographers who showcase alternate presentations of the wildlife contrary to the principle of creating a replica of the wild in the genre of Wildlife ...

LITERATURE – AN ARTFORM OR NOT? | REVIEW BY SUGALA SENANAYAKE With the end of a crazy month (to say the least) came an epic tour, the Authors XI, a group of British authors of the likes of Sebastian Faulks, Tom Holland, Richard Beach, Charlie Campbell, Peter Frankopan, Alex Preston, Sam Carter, Joe Craig, William Fiennes, Nicholoas Hogg, Jonathan Wilson, and Anthony McGowan, who travel around the world playing leather ...

WORKS OF ART BY NELUN HARASGAMA For more read page 42 ARTRA Magazine Apr / May E11. Purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Sarasavi Bookshops, The Sandwich Factory Col 7, Yamaha Music Centre – Col 7, Cannon Col 3, Milk & Honey Cafe, Col 7 www.books.lk. For subscriptions call +94772305054 The post WORKS OF ART BY NELUN HARASGAMA appeared first on ARTRA | The Platform for Artistic Expression.

SEQUENCES IN ARCHITECTURE | REVIEW BY ROCIO MARTIN RUIZ Architecture does not only happen at a material level. I am very aware this is the reason why I am personally fascinated in analyzing and experimenting throughout the editorial and educational fields, and the creative process involved in practicing architecture – from the initial cerebral conceptualization through the development and execution of the creative and practical process, architecture provides ...

WORKS OF ART BY PRAGEETH MANOHANSA For more read page 31 ARTRA Magazine Apr / May E11. Purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Sarasavi Bookshops, The Sandwich Factory Col 7, Yamaha Music Centre – Col 7, Cannon Col 3, Milk & Honey Cafe, Col 7 www.books.lk. For subscriptions call +94772305054 The post WORKS OF ART BY PRAGEETH MANOHANSA appeared first on ARTRA | The Platform for Artistic Expression.

STUDIO SHOW OF WOODCUT ART Woodcut is a technique of printing designs from planks of wood incised parallel to the vertical axis of the wood’s grain. It is one of the oldest methods of making prints from a relief surface, having been used in China to decorate textiles since the 5th century ad. It was interesting to watch the showcasing of variously conceptualized woodcut forms at ...

25 words short story – in conversation with sanjana hattotuwa Q| With regards to the content of ‘Short Sweet’, what do you aim at encapsulating as a curator? A| While the submissions were generally compelling for ‘Short Sweet’, most were far from fictive. Many authors openly noted that their writing was cathartic and anchored, with varying degrees of authenticity, to real events. The book was thus transformed from what ...

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY – FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS Photographer Luka Alagiyawanna, who heading the initiative mentions that ‘From this Point Forward’ is a participatory photography project based in Sri Lanka. She says ‘My goal is to encourage young participants to play a role in creating photo installations at public spaces that would encompass their vision for the next 30 years. Art exhibitions, conducted in public spaces posses ...

art on the streets of Galle Fort For more read page 31-32 ARTRA Magazine Apr / May E11. Purchase a copy at Barefoot, Odel, Sarasavi Bookshops, The Sandwich Factory Col 7, Yamaha Music Centre – Col 7, Cannon Col 3, Milk & Honey Cafe, Col 7 www.books.lk. For subscriptions call +94772305054 The post art on the streets of Galle Fort appeared first on ARTRA | The Platform for Artistic Expression.

ALL ABOUT THE GALLE GOLDEN FLEA MARKET WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS Q| Tell us about the origins of the Galle Golden Flea market? A| The Galle Golden Flea Market is a project by the Galle Heritage Foundation, which was incepted in 1988 with the objective of protecting the Galle Fort as a World Heritage Site maintaining the cultural landscape according to its colonial characteristic. In accordance to the preservation of ...

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