Artist as Activist: The relationship between art and social change
Chandragupta Thenuwara and Neil Butler (Speakers)
Thenu was born in Galle and studied painting in Moscow and Colombo. He is Director of the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts in Colombo which he founded in 1993 – an alternative art school and exhibition space. He is lecturer of Aesthetic Studies at the University of Colombo. He is a Peace Campaigner and Human Rights activist. Through his exhibition and actions Thenu continues to express his belief that as humans we are condemned by passivity and that every human has a duty and an ability to make Peace. He is UZ Arts artist in residence in Glasgow . In conversation he will talk about his life and work in the context of contemporary Sri Lanka.