LEO ART at Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017

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By Tina Edward Gunawardhana
In their efforts to encourage emerging artists in Sri Lanka, Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, the local office of the global advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide, presented the eighth edition of Leo Art, the agency’s in-residence art programme for local artists, at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 at the Fort Printer’s Hotel. The preview was inaugurated by Minister for Law and Order and Southern Development, Sagala Ratnayaka.

Leo Art is an artists-in-residence programme which was initiated by Leo Burnett to foster creativity in art. It provides young Sri Lankan artists with spaces to express their creative ideas. These artists also have the opportunity to collaborate with agency teams on commercial projects.

Through Leo Art the artists and their work can be seen and appreciated by a larger audience. Leo Art has progressively grown over the years since it was launched in 2008.

Last year, ‘Leo Art – Strokes at the Mews’ was hosted at Park Street Mews as part of Leo Burnett’s 81st Global Anniversary Celebrations featuring the work of 19 artists. The success of Leo Art at the Mews resulted in the Galle Literary Festival inviting Leo Burnett to showcase Leo Art atthe Festival.

The 8th edition of Leo Art featured JC Rathnayake, Sanjeewa Kumara, Sanjaya Senavirathna, Susil Senanayake, Vajira Gunawardena, Prageeth Rathnayake, Dileepa Jeewantha, Chiranthi Gunasekera, Chamila Gamage and Dep Thushara, who presented a varied collection of thought provoking art.

During the five day Fairway Galle Literary Festival, the Fort Printer’s Hotel attracted an audience which varied from serious art collectors, festival goers to curious passers by. Quite a few of the paintings were purchased on the opening night by art collectors who were moved by the art and the work by Leo Burnett to give these artists a platform to showcase their work.

To celebrate the launch of the 8th edition of Leo Art, renowned Sri Lankan author Nayomi Munaweera residing in the US read an extract from her latest book titled ‘What lies between us’.