Role: Creative Director / Head of Graphic Design & Multimedia
From day one of joining Raffles, I initiated the idea to hold an external exhibition where students can showcase their work to the design industry and public. This was a much needed break away from the quarterly lobby single evening exhibitions for each department; as they did not unify the creative talent and energy of the school as one, nor did they attract the design industry's attention.
The idea moved beyond where the exhibition had a title and took a back seat at the annual Graduation and Fashion show. I envisioned a standalone brand identity to promote the Exhibition, Graduation and Fashion show all under one theme, to be continued annually. In Sanskrit "Saviskara - an exhibition of talent" branded by the students resulted in an overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the all the students, staff and Design Industry. A successful Saviskara 2015 continued its journey into 2017.
Saviskara, a two day student exhibition and design forum was organized by the students and staff of Raffles Design Institute, Colombo at the JDA Perera Gallery. This was a first for the design school to have an external 2 day exhibition and the design forum was also the first of it's kind in Sri Lanka, making history.
The Exhibition featured the graduating students’ work from Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Fashion Marketing.
The Design Forum featured an unparalleled group of top industry speakers who spoke on 20 topics ranging from Advertising, Art, Fashion, Interior Design, Marketing through to Architecture, Multimedia, Web Design and so much more...
"Api" (We) by CoCA at Saviskara: Design Forum
On: Artists to Activists: “Api” (We) - A community engaging art project
Poornima Jayasinghe - Artist at CoCA & Head of Art - British School in Colombo Chinthaka Thenuwara - Artist/Photographer
An Art based community engaging education program is structured according to the 21st century teaching and learning methods with a strong emphasis on inquiry, action and reflection based activities.
Phasing out teaching the conventional individual subjects such as Math, Art, Science, History, Geography and instead interconnect multiple subjects and teach by 'Topics'.
This Topic based system is to be introduced in Finland's schools in 2020 for the first time in the world as the way forward in modern education yet this was the native way of learning in ancient Sri Lanka.
Creative play and design ideas are developed with the children. Taking into consideration children's own imaginative ideas and needs. The special education program includes outdoor and indoor activities.
Vajira Sri Children’s Development Centre is the largest orphanage in Sri Lanka with 216 children in residence from multiple ethnic and religious backgrounds. In 1983, when the ethnic violence broke out in Sri Lanka, 101 under cared orphaned children from Morawewa camp were taken in by late Mr. U B Vijayasundara (AGA). Sadly he was assassinated leaving his brother, Rev. Dr. Hunupalagama Vajira Sri Nayaka Thero, who to this day manages the Centre.