Discover the birth of contemporary and modern art in Colombo

Discover the birth of contemporary and modern art originating from non other than it’s capital Colombo. Witness its evolution through half a century inspiring and captivating young talent from around the island.

The tour will start off at the house of an artist and then proceed to The Sapumal Foundation where we will explore their private collection and focus on four key artists who contributed immensely to the arts circle in Colombo. Then we have a brief stop at Saskia Fernando’s art gallery before driving past the works of Colombo’s Street Art Painters. Our next stop is the AOD Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, where we get in insight to the story of the present arts movement in the city. We conclude our tour by appreciating an exhibition of art at the Barefoot Gallery.

We can tailor make the experience for families with children where the kids get to have a hands on painting class with your host at their residence. Your host will also do their explanations at the arts galleries you will be visiting in a way the kids will also understand the story of art in Colombo.

Your Hosts

Chinthaka is an avid cyclist, He experiences his daily cycling routes as method for assembling a kaleidoscopic vision of how history is made in which historical monuments, buildings, landscape and roads change form, identity, functionality or completely disappear through temporal, social, political and cultural changes.As a professional photographer, Chinthaka has a licentiate membership in the Institute of Sri Lankan Photography, as well as a Higher National Diploma in photography from the Photographic Art Society, Sri Lanka affiliate to FIAP, and a Higher National Diploma in Interior design from the AOD Sri Lanka. He is a founding member of the Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA). He has exhibited widely in Sri Lanka, where he his work has won many awards, as well as in other parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Poornima: Through public participatory interactive Art works, Poornima boldly engages with the audience, where the viewer participates in some way by providing an input in order to determine the outcome. She is currently working as head of Art at the British School in Colombo. She is a co-founder and a director of the Collective of Contemporary Artists (CoCA) – the first pioneering art organization in Sri Lanka which focuses on socially-engaged and sustainable art in public spaces. CoCA engages in research-based art, and encourages diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate and appreciate arts. An organization which emphasises on and promoting ‘sustainable art’ in harmony with the key principles of sustainability that includes ecology, social justice, non-violence and grassroots democracy.


Halik is a citizen journalist, independent researcher and photographer based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His work focuses on social issues, culture and spirituality. His photography, which has a strong street and journalistic focus, often also displays a surrealist/conceptual flavor. His work has primarily been published on Instagram, a platform on which he has garnered a significant following, as well as with The Picture Press, The Center for Policy Alternatives and Groundviews.


Number of PAX

1-15 PAX




3.5 hours

Suitable for children

13 and above

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Things to know

Includes: Arts Tour with all entrance fees paid, water, fruit juice, iced tea at Barefoot Café.
Meeting Time: 10 AM and 4 PM
What to wear or bring along: Your camera and yourself.

Important info

This tour is very interactive. It gets more and more interesting as you partake in conversation with your host. Please note that on Mondays and Tuesday both Sapumal Foundation and The Contemporary Arts Museum is closed. We will spend more time at the artists house in this case. It will be the same for the afternoon tour as well.

Making the most of it: Please follow your host at all times and his explanations. He is also an acclaimed artist in the Colombo arts circle.