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Saviskara: Exhibition & Design Forum
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.
NILANGANI DE SILVA - Head: Group Capability, Brandix   On: Investing in the Future
DILINI JAYASURIYA - Research Director, Breakthrough   On: The Value of Market Research
SELONICA PERUMAL - Client Service Director, Grant McCann   On: Client Relations - Understanding the Client
CHAMINDRI GANEGODA - Interior Designer, West Gate International   On: Corporate Interiors
RAJIV WIRASINHA - Creative Director/Managing Partner, Heensare   On: The Copy Writer - Just writing words? Or is there more
CHRISHANTHA JAYASINGHE - Managing Director, Sarva Integrated (Pvt) Ltd   On: The “PAVA” (Sin) of Not Thinking Local
PARVEEN HERAT - Client Service Director / Victoria’s Secret, Mas Intimates
On: A customer profile & how Sri Lanka contributes in sourcing “Best at Bra’s, win at bottoms”
CHARINI SOORIYAGE - General Manager Design, Mas Intimates
On: A customer profile & how Sri Lanka contributes in sourcing “Best at Bra’s, win at bottoms”
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR JULIE ROSS - RCDC Programme Coordinator & Academic Operations, Raffles Design Institute   On: Sustainable Design
POORNIMA JAYASINGHE - Artist at CoCA & Head of Art, British School in Colombo 
CHINTHAKA THENUWARA - Artist/Photographer 
On: Artists to Activists: “Api” (We) - A community engaging art project
ROZAINE COORAY - CEO (Business Psychologist), Fortè   On: The Anatomy of Creativity
SAVITHRI RODRIGO - Managing Director, Stratyx Media Concepts   On: Professionalism in the workplace
CHAMIKA DE ALWIS - Chartered Architect, MICD Associates   On: With an economy of means
SUMANTHRI SAMARAWICKRAMA - Lecturer: Department of Integrated Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa
On: Distinguished Features of the Sinhala Letter for Type Face Design Education
JASON RAJASINGHE - Founder/CEO, RAD ASIA/iFilm Sri Lanka   On: Short Film/Attention Span & Owning Age at the workplace
DEANE JAYAMANNE - User Experience Designer, ODDLY   On: Practicing User Experience

KEITH WIJESURIYA - CEO, Omnicom Media Group, Sri Lanka   On: License to Thrill: The Power of Insights
CHITRAL JAYATILAKE - Vice President, John Keells PLC, Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts   On: Photography - a Lifestyle
MARSH DODANWELA - Director Digital Strategy, Leo Burnett   On: #Fail
Saviskara: Exhibition & Design Forum

Saviskara: Exhibition & Design Forum

Saviskara, a two day student exhibition and design forum was organized by the students and staff of Raffles Design Institute, Colombo at the JDA Read More