Escape to an Artists Abode

Discover art as a wholistic form of expression from the perspective of two renown artists

Discover art as a wholistic form of expression from the perspective of two renown artists from Sri Lanka, Chinthaka and Poornima. For Chinthaka and Poornima making art has become a process rather than an object and art to them is no more a noun, it is a verb.

Both of them are the founders of the Collective of Contemporary Artists (COCA) and have turned their own residence to a living master piece of art with its own studio, experimental gallery space, community kitchen, listening room and organic garden.

We will take a personally hosted tour of their residence and learn more on what art means to them and how they have used their skills for community outreach, sustainability and conservation.

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.


Number of PAX

1-15 PAX




1.5 hours

Suitable for children

13 and above

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Things to know

Includes: A personalized tour of the artists abode, tea, coffe and water.
Meeting Time: 9 AM and 5 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.

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.