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Collectors’ Desk, organized by ARTRA Magazine and Saskia Fernando Gallery in collaboration with The Residences at One Galle Face, Shangri La Hotels and Resorts, is a series of curate-art events that takes place in the form of quarterly art talks, panels, tours and presentations by eminent international and local professionals in the field of art.

The invitee only event caters to an audience interested in impacting the growth of the local arts scene.

With the emergence of the Sri Lankan contemporary art scene over the past few years, it has become pertinent that information focusing on the subjects of art and design appreciation and investment are communicated to collectors and professionals from all industries in Sri Lanka.

The growth of any art scene takes place alongside economic development and it is essential that the corporate sector as well as investor and diplomatic communities sustain the local art scene’s growth, according to experts.

The third edition of Collectors’ Desk will encompass a discussion on contemporary Sri Lankan art and recent developments internationally by Azara Jaleel, Founder and Editor of ARTRA Magazine and Saskia Fernando, Founder of Saskia Fernando Gallery and Art Space Sri Lanka. The event will take place on September 30 at One Galle Face followed by an exhibition and tour of curate works of art by leading contemporary artists Ruwan Prasanna, Nadia Haji Omar, Prageeth Manohansa and Priyantha Udagedara displayed in the show apartment of The Residences at One Galle Face, Shangri La Hotels and Resorts.
The first edition of Collectors’ Desk took place in December 2015 at Saskia Fernando Gallery where speaker Jyoti Dhar, an internationally acclaimed art critic and curator born and raised in New York, conducted a comprehensive presentation on her personal involvement in the art scenes of Dubai, India and Sri Lanka consecutively.

The second edition of Collectors’ Desk was held in May 2016 at the Saskia Fernando Gallery and featured a riveting panel discussion between Udayshanth Fernando, CEO of Paradise Road Group of Companies and Niloo Jayatillake, Head of Investment at Softlogic PLC.  The panelists shared their histories of art collecting and provided the audience with engaging insight into the subject of art collecting alongside its position as an investment portfolio.

Saskia Fernando Gallery and ARTRA Magazine are two of the country’s leading professional art organizations that are consistently supporting the growth and development of the industry.  Sri Lanka’s largest contemporary art gallery and Sri Lanka’s only art magazine and media platform in partnership with the most exclusive new address in Colombo aims to spearhead the objective set forth for this exclusive series of curate art events.