Call for Applications Regional Professional Artists


As part of its Promoting Shared Values, Shared Spaces and Dispute Resolution in Sri Lanka, The Asia Foundation (the Foundation) is calling for applications from regional professional artists based in Ampara, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Mannar, Trincomalee and Vavuniya to transform life stories collected from elders, into art. The purpose of this is to connect the younger generation with elders who will share key life lessons.

Candidates applying for the role of regional professional artist will be shortlisted by a panel that includes members of the Theertha International Artists’ Collective. The role of the selected regional professional artists will be to mentor amateur artists engaged in this process through regular workshops and creative guidance. Before their engagement with young people, selected artists will be invited to a teaching-residential workshop where they will be trained by the Theertha Artists’ Collective on mentoring skills and storytelling through the arts. Professional artists will also have to take part in the project’s regional exhibitions by developing original pieces of art based on the life stories of elders provided by the Foundation.

Who can apply?

  • Male and female artists professionally engaged in the fields of Visual Art, Performing Art and New Media
  • Aged between 18 and 35
  • Applicants should reside in one of the following districts: Ampara, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Mannar, Trincomalee, or Vavuniya
  • Ideally, have a publication history and be involved in the creative community within their districts and/or showcased their work in local or international exhibitions.
  • Be willing to provide mentorship to young amateur artists for the development of their creative work towards the exhibitions

Terms and Conditions

When submitting their application, interested candidates should agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • Selected artists are required to sign a statement of commitment to confirm their participation in all workshops and exhibitions conducted as part of this project.
  • Selected artists are required to develop original pieces of art based on the life stories of elders provided by The Asia Foundation.
  • The Asia Foundation takes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrighted material.
  • Artwork developed for the project shall not be exhibited anywhere else prior to the regional exhibitions organized by The Asia Foundation.
  • An artist may submit up to five pieces of art. However, exhibition of all submitted pieces of art would depend on the availability of space at the exhibition venue.
  • By participating in the workshops and exhibitions conducted under this project, artists grant permission for The Asia Foundation to use chosen artwork and images of chosen artwork for display and promotional purposes on the Foundation’s publication materials including, but not limited to, websites, social media platforms and reports. This will be done with due recognition and credit to the artists.
  • In keeping with The Asia Foundation’s Child Protection Policy, for any photographs/videos featuring children under the age of 18, the artist must have written consent from the parents/guardian of the child.

Professional artists interested in applying for this project are requested to fill in the annexed application form and send it by October 30, 2020 via email to or via post to:

Our Stories
Theertha International Artists Collective,
Theertha Red Dot Gallery
39/4 A D.S Senanayake Road, Colombo 08

For more information, email