Art at the fest 

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By 2017-01-08

Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, the local office of the global advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide, is gearing up to host the eighth edition of 'Leo Art' at the Galle Literary Festival. 'Leo Art' annually brings together the creative community, writers and artists from across the island and around the world at the historic Dutch Fort in Galle. Powered by its Platinum Sponsor Mastercard, the 'Leo Art' exhibition will officially be launched on 12 January at 6.00 p.m. at the Fort Printer's Hotel. The exhibition will continue until Sunday, 15 January. To celebrate the launch of 'Leo Art', renowned Sri Lankan author Nayomi Munaweera who is residing in the US will read an extract from her latest book titled What Lies Between Us at the preview.

This is the eighth successful season of Leo Art which has been titled 'Art at the Fest'. This edition of 'Leo Art' will feature the work of 10 renowned local artists who will each present a new series of their work. This exhibition will feature 50 canvases crafted in a variety of media using varying styles and techniques. These 50 canvases have been created especially for this exhibition and will be showcased to art enthusiasts, buyers and festival attendees alike. The artists who have been selected to feature their work at this edition are Sanjeewa Kumara, J.C. Ratnayake, Vajira Gunawardena, Dileepa Jeewantha, Susil Senanayake, Thushara Dep, Prageeth Ratnayake, Chamila Gamage, Chiranthi Gunasekara and Sanjaya Bandara Senevirathna.

'Leo Art' is an artists-in-residence programme which was initiated to foster creativity in art. It provides young Sri Lankan artists with spaces to express their creative ideas. These artists also have the opportunity to collaborate with agency teams on commercial projects. Through 'Leo Art' the artists and their work can be seen and appreciated by a larger audience. 'Leo Art' has progressively grown over the years since it was launched in 2008. Last year, 'Leo Art – Strokes at the Mews' was hosted at Park Street Mews as part of Leo Burnett's 81st global anniversary celebrations featuring the work of 19 artists. The success of 'Leo Art' at the Mews resulted in the Galle Literary Festival inviting Leo Burnett to showcase 'Leo Art' at the festival.

Commenting on the upcoming exhibition Ranil de Silva, Managing Director – Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, said "The 'Leo Art' programme is an important part of Leo Burnett Sri Lanka's commitment to giving back to Sri Lanka's creative community. It started as a small-scale exhibition that we hosted in our quadrangle, since its inception 'Leo Art' has rapidly evolved into a fully-fledged annual showcase of contemporary Sri Lankan art. It has flourished each year and has received significant local and international recognition. We are proud to host the eighth edition of 'Leo Art' at the Galle Literary Festival, which is one of the country's most prestigious literary events. We are also delighted to have Mastercard step forward to support 'Leo Art' as a partner of the exhibition this year. Leo Burnett has had a long-standing history of spearheading and inspiring creative excellence, whilst nurturing the next generation of creative talent. Our efforts to build a strong creative platform for local artists helps them gain valuable exposure to help develop these artists in particular and creatively in general. This programme helps to fuel collaboration between our teams and the artistic community, which ultimately supports our on-going efforts to create inspiring ideas."

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