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Artful Struggles: Contemporary Art from Sri Lanka

Mon, 9am – 7pm; Tue – Wed, 9am – 5pm; Thu, 9am – 7pm; Fri, 9am – 5pm; Sat, 9am – 1pm

The Gallery, Gateshead Library

'Artful Struggles' raises greater awareness about Sri Lanka’s crisis and struggles through the work of contemporary artists.

Artful Struggles commemorates the second anniversary of the Aragalaya/Porattam (‘struggle’ in Sinhala and Tamil respectively) — Sri Lanka’s 2022 Occupy movement against corruption, immiseration, and impunity, which toppled a president and a prime minister. The exhibition explores how art helped promote a more hopeful, pluralistic, accountable, and democratic politics for Sri Lanka before succumbing to increased repression.

The exhibition is curated by Professor Lars Waldorf (Northumbria Law School) and Dr Nilanjana Premaratna (Newcastle University) and supported by community partners Agora and Vimbam.

Presented by GemArts and Gateshead Arts Development Team as part of GemArts’ Masala Festival.