UZ Arts presents the work of 14 UK based artists who have been resident at Sura Medura in Sri Lanka over the winter of 2017/2018. The programme includes performances, installations, video and visual arts.
Anuja Amarasuriya and Tim X Atack (Sleep Dogs), Emma Brierley, Flick Ferdinado, Brian Hartley, Kyna Hodges, Rob Mulholland, Helen Ottaway, Lorna Rees, Anders Rigg, Rae- Yen Song, Suba Subramaniam, Claire Raftery, Damian Wright (Periplum).
The Sura Medura International Residency has been welcoming European artists to live and work in Sri Lanka since 2006. Artists are invited to make work that could only be made in Sri Lanka. Much of it is site-specific and engages directly with the public as co-creators – local communities provide the inspiration for the work or are essential for its delivery or presentation.
The Sura Medura Arts Centre was created after the tsunami of 2004 hit Sri Lanka. Artist/producer Neil Butler and a group of friends who had survived the tsunami established the Hikkaduwa Area Relief Fund with the then Lord Provost of Glasgow Liz Cameron as patron. Initially they worked on rebuilding the local fishing fleet and then a community centre –Chandrasevana. Sura Medura evolved from these initiatives, enabling artists from all over the world to engage with the unique environment and communities of Sri Lanka.
Sura Medura, managed by Glasgow-based UZ Arts, continues to create residencies and events in Hikkaduwa and Colombo and many Sura Medura artists have also appeared at the Colombo Art Biennale, which Sura Medura and UZ Arts Director Neil Butler has been involved with since its inception as artist, curator and co-Director. In December 2017 artists from the residency participated in the inaugural Festival of Arts and Human Rights in Colombo and the residency will continue to work with the Festival as it develops. Suramedura is supported by Creative Scotland, the Arts Council of England and the Insitu network.