One of the lesser-known facts about Sri Lanka is that it is home to a fair share of riches in art and culture. Over the past few years, metro cities such as Colombo have given birth to countless artists and prominent gallery spaces. Colombo has emerged as a kaleidoscope of creativity, filled with colour and vibrancy. From a bunch of places that should top your search for art in the city, here’s looking at our favourites:
The Barefoot Gallery located at 704 Galle Road in Colombo 3 is one of the best-known galleries in Sri Lanka. It is a melting pot of art, music, film and literature. The Gallery was first known as The Colombo Gallery in 1967 and changed to Gallery 706 in 1991. In the mid-nineties, it was renamed as Barefoot Gallery and is known across the city as a platform for poets, artists, filmmakers and musicians. Art exhibitions featuring local and international artists are commonplace, coupled with exciting concerts, poetry readings, art installations and film nights. The dynamic roster makes it a top contributor in the Colombo art scene. To top it all, the space also boasts of a bookshop, boutique and café – perfect to meet likeminded people and have a good time. Staying at Yoho City Stop or any one of our hotels in Kollupitiya, you’ll be less than a km away from the exciting space.
Another treasured find in Colombo are the artists down Green Path. Every Sunday morning, you’ll find the broad avenue Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha brim with life as local artists come out to display their work and share their journey with you. The weekly affair is an explosion of art and colour, muddled with bundles of creativity and not to mention, affordable art pieces. Even on weekdays, you’re likely to spot a few vendors selling items from their vibrant collection. Located on the sidewalk across the Viharamadehi Park, it becomes the perfect way to spend your evening, especially if you’re staying at one of our close by hotels in Bambalapitiya. Once a year, the annual Kala Pola festival breathes more life into the space as hundreds of artists from around the country collect to stage their sculptures and paintings along the street.
This is just a window into the budding art scene in Colombo. Plan your visit with ample time to walk through the colourful world of Colombo’s creative treasure.