St. Thomas’ Prep School Kollupitiya, photographic print © Lunuganga Trust

The Relative Security of Known and Learnt Things

architecture & art

The arts played a vital, inseparable role in Bawa’s architecture. Art and architecture practices both require that we traverse the relative security of known and learnt things into unchartered territories traversed by intuitions and inklings. Join us as we take a closer look at what it means to take these paths in a creative practice.






A Closer Look: ‘Is it Essential to be There?’
with exhibition designers Thilini Perera and Christoper Silva


Saturday, 5 February
The Stables, Park Street Mews, Colombo 02

Ever wondered about how design principles are applied to the making of exhibitions? In this tour with exhibition designers Thilini Perera and Christopher Silva, the Geoffrey Bawa Trust offers designers and enthusiasts an opportunity to hear about the behind-the-scenes creative decisions that have built up the exhibition’s virtual and physical spaces. In a discussion that covers the thinking behind the exhibition’s physical layout and construction process, visual identity and exhibition graphics, this audience can learn about the challenges and solutions to creating our galleries.





A Closer Look: The Kandalama Tank Tapestry with designer Marie Gnanaraj


Saturday, 12 February
The Stables, Park Street Mews, Colombo 02

This exciting talk with Marie Gnanaraj, textile designer at Barefoot, foscuses on a single object in the show, as she discusses her own design work on the Kandalama Tank Tapestry. Guests have the unique opportunity of hearing about the creative process behind one of the exhibition objects while exploring the qualities of the object itself. First designed in 1995 as part of the Kandalama Hotel project, the Tapestry has been re-comissioned for the exhibition, where it stands testimony to the intertwining of art and architecture in Geoffrey Bawa’s work.







The Relative Security of Known and Learnt Things: Stitching Architecture with Hema Shironi


Saturday, 5  March
The Stables, Park Street Mews,  Colombo 02

The arts played a vital, inseparable role in Bawa’s architecture. Art and architecture practices both require that we traverse the relative security of known and learnt things into unchartered territories traversed by intuitions and inklings. Join us as we take a closer look at what it means to take these paths in a creative practice with Hema Shironi who reflects on her practice of 'stitching architecture', where she recreates the various places she has lived in for short periods of time through stitching on fabric.

Hema Shironi is a multidisciplinary artist who recently completed her MFA at Beacon House National University Lahore. Her work explores themes around the subjects of domesticity, language, culture and memory.








Sketching Architecture with Jasmine Nilani Joseph

Saturday, 19  March
The Stables, Park Street Mews,  Colombo 02

The arts played a vital, inseparable role in Bawa’s architecture. Art and architecture practices both require that we traverse the relative security of known and learnt things into unchartered territories traversed by intuitions and inklings. Join us as we take a closer look at what it means to take these paths in a creative practice with Jasmine Nilani Joseph.  In 2015 when she visited the land of her ancestors, she saw many abandoned buildings within fences, which inspired her to start sketching architecture to talk about barriers, displacement, memory, and archives.

Jasmine Nilani Joseph is a practising artist based in Jaffna. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Jaffna.





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