George Keyt Foundation ‘Sri Lankan Artists 2024’ exhibition returns

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  • Five-day celebration of nation’s artistic brilliance until 26 March at J.D.A. Perera Gallery in Colombo

The long-awaited ‘Sri Lankan Artists 2024’ exhibition organised by The George Keyt Foundation is making a resounding comeback after a six-year hiatus.

The grand opening took place yesterday at the J.D.A. Perera Gallery in Colombo and the exhibition will continue until 26 March.

The George Keyt Foundation’s ‘Sri Lankan Artists 2024’ exhibition not only celebrates the nation’s artistic brilliance but also serves as a platform for nurturing and promoting emerging artists. With future plans to collaborate with the Government, the exhibition aims to facilitate international exposure for Sri Lankan artists through art fairs abroad.

A highlight of the exhibition will be the unveiling of the coveted ‘Artist of the Year’ award. A remarkable number of over 60 applications were received, from which 10 exceptional artists including Asela Abeywardene, Channa Ekanayake, Chaminda Gamage, Chahturika Jayani, Dillai Joseph, Sivasubramanium Kajendran, Prageeth Ratnayake, Mohammed Thajudeen Fathima Rukshana, Pradeep Thalawatta, and W.a Nayanananda Wijayakulathilaka have been shortlisted to have their works prominently displayed at the 


The selection of the ‘Artist of the Year’ and the prestigious ‘Memorial Award,’ named after the Foundation’s founders Sita de Silva and Cedric de Silva, is entrusted to an independent panel of distinguished judges consisting of Palinda Kannangara, Architect, Anoma Wijewardene, Independent Artist and Orlando Edwards, Country Director British Council, Sri Lanka.

The initiative also demonstrates the Foundation’s dedication to celebrating the country’s rich cultural heritage. By providing a global platform, the Foundation seeks to elevate Sri Lankan artistic talents onto the world stage. The exhibition showcases the Foundation’s steadfast commitment to promoting the nation’s creative brilliance globally.

The exhibition’s esteemed sponsor since its inception Nations Trust Bank CEO/Director Hemantha Gunetilleke was the Chief Guest at the opening. The bank, a corporate entity respected for its unwavering support in uplifting the arts in Sri Lanka, has been instrumental in ensuring the exhibition’s success.

All proceeds from the sale of artworks will directly benefit the participating artists, further emphasising the event’s commitment to fostering local talent.

The George Keyt Foundation’s Sri Lankan Artists 2024 exhibition provides aficionados and patrons with an immersive experience showcasing the diverse and captivating expressions of  Sri Lankan art.