Nations Trust Bank brings together Sri Lankan art collectors to share their ideas during third #SupportLocalArt session


With the support of Nations Trust Bank Private Banking, the Saskia Fernando Gallery hosted the third event in the #SupportLocalArt Talk: The Collector series. Moderated by Saskia Ferando, the online roundtable brought together a diverse set of Sri Lankan art collectors to discuss what drives them to collect art and the different styles in which they approach a work of art.

Sanjaya Senarath, Director of Marketing at Nations Trust Bank, said Private Banking has long supported the local art industry. “We have been able to champion various arts institutions and their events, including the annual Sri Lanka Kala Pola. This series of lectures hosted by the Saskia Fernando Gallery helped uplift patrons by providing them with a platform to share their stories, thoughts and positive ideas, even in times of uncertainty. We look forward to continuing to expand our portfolio of partners in the artistic fraternity and, in turn, to offer our clients exclusive experiences to enrich their passion for art.

As a strong supporter of art that has an emotional connection to its collections, Lahiru Pathmalal, e-commerce manager – Komar and former board member of the People’s Bank, enjoys building relationships with gallery owners and artists. . He stressed how important it is to buy contemporary art to support living, working artists. “Art creators have this incredible ability to uplift our lives and our society, which is why it is important to see artists on an equal footing in the collection journey, and it is our responsibility to continue. to support them. “

Niloo Jayatilake, CEO and Director of Softlogic Invest, the asset management arm of Softlogic Group, brought a unique perspective as a collector working in investments. Discussing the three main factors that she takes into consideration when buying artwork, “In order to add value and safely exploit your wealth, you should always look for signatures on the work of art, buy through a gallery known for its authenticity, thus reducing the risk. Finally, identify and buy artists who have real potential to continue to grow, ”she said.

Principal architect of CDA Associates and administrator of Geoffrey Bawa Trust and Lunuganga Trust, Chamika De Alwis explained how his passion as an art collector influenced his work as an architect. “Art, music, dance, theater are things that instill a different perspective on how we see and appreciate the world. The marriage of art and architecture is one of those things that coexist, and we have already seen the greatest example of this in Sri Lanka through the groundbreaking work of Geoffrey Bawa.

Samaadhi Weerasinghe, Business Development Director of Oryx Benodar and founder of the clothing brand ANUK, shared her journey as a collector. She explained how her curiosity and curiosity drove her to buy art to fill the empty spaces in the walls of her parents’ house to understand the true value of the high price of works of art. “After visiting more and more exhibitions and constantly questioning works of art, I have found appreciation and respect for artists because of the time it takes them to build a collection – the step-by-step thought process that begins with creating a story for the art until it is time to present the work at the exhibition.

Those interested in watching the third discussion in the #SupportLocalArt discussion series can visit

The first session of this virtual lecture series hosted by Nations Trust Bank Private Banking featured four of Sri Lanka’s most prominent patrons – Anojie Amerasinghe, Ajit Gunawardene, Nadija Tambiah and Udayshanth Fernando – to discuss various forms of artistic sponsorship alongside of their unique experiences. and projects, from corporate patron to individual patron. Sandev Handy, Hasini Haputhanthri, Sharmini Pereira and Shayari de Silva shared their unique experiences in preserving and promoting modern and contemporary art in Sri Lanka and defined the role of a curator in the second phase of the series of conferences – “The Curator”.

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