Shalini Ganendra’s impact on cultural development has been defined  by over two decades of  cultural engagement.    Through programming, research, publication  and commitment to inter-disciplinary feature, she has furthered recognition of, inter alia, distinct and longstanding creative practises of  Sri Lanka and region.

Some notable projects include:  five year, UNESCO Observatory endorsed  Vision Culture Lectures;   cultural non-profit national marquee,   Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur; pioneering  exhibitions of Sri Lankan modern and contemporary art in Kuala Lumpur, London,  New York;  and advising public and private sector entities  on cultural outreach.  She recently contributed two chapters  on the craft practises of Sri Lanka and Terrenganu, Malaysia,  in  Educating in the Crafts, the Global Experience (Springer).

She has served on a number of cultural panels including of the:  Sovereign Art Prize, HK;  Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival (Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival), Beijing; Smithsonian Institution’s SARF (Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship); and the Commonwealth Foundation Art Awards. She was appointed to the Tate Gallery Acquisitions Committee (SAAC) in 2016 to advise on Sri Lankan art.

Shalini is Sri Lankan born.  She  read law at  University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall and has a  LL.M.  from Columbia University Law School. She is a qualified Barrister (LIncoln’s Inn)  and  New York Attorney.

She is currently an  Associated Academic of the Art History Dept and Research Associate, St. Catherine’s,  Oxford University.  Her inter-disciplinary research considers   ‘patterns  of influence’ between early photographic images, related texts  and their influence on the development of local identities and perspectives, referring to Ceylon/Sri Lanka as a case study.  An exhibition for this project is planned at the Museum of Oxford,  to open September 2022.    E: