Sri Lankans vie for grand art prize in Singapore

Five works by Sri Lankan artists Dumith Kulasekara, Bandu Manamperi, Anoli Perera, Pala Pothupitiye and Pradeep Thalawatta are in the running for the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Signature Art Prize.

The competition sees 130 artworks from 24 countries and territories vying for the Grand Prize of SGD 45,000. Organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) with presenting sponsor APB Foundation, this juried prize identifies and recognises artists for outstanding work, profiles significant recent creations coming from the region’s contemporary art landscape, and encourages the development of contemporary art in Asia Pacific.

The 130 works, created between 2008 and 2010, were selected by 31 independent art professionals and curators. The Sri Lankan artworks presented a range of different mediums such as painting, installation and print and were nominated by Annoushka Hempel, who currently works on developing contemporary arts and culture projects.

The 15 shortlisted finalists will be announced by October 1, when the public can also begin to vote online and nominate their favourite finalist work for the People’s Choice Award – awarded to the artwork that garners the most public votes – at

Special show of Gabbara Minisa

"Gabbara Minisa" (Pregnant Man), the latest comedy by well-known film, television and stage actor Sriyantha Mendis, will have a special show on September 3 at 3.30 and 6.45 p.m. at the Namel-Malani Punchi Theatre. Popular actors Sriyantha Mendis, Kusum Renu, Sarath Kothalawela, Wasantha Vittachchi, Malkanthi Jayasinghe, Sujeewa Priyalal, Mihiri Priyangani star in this production. Music is by Anthony Surendra while popular Derana dream star Upeka Nirmani will brighten up the drama with her singing.

"Gabbara Minisa" (Pregnant Man) is an adaptation by Ajith Mendis from the book written by W.S. Wijesinghe. This drama is presented by Jude Srimal. Tickets are available at the Namel-Malani Punchi Theatre.

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