The e-flyer created for the other 2/3rds of my livelihood. This goes public today. Thanks to all my friends who are pitching in to help me. This venture is not limited to Sri Lanka, so if you need any writing or editing done, please do mail or leave a message here.
The third project with British Council, Social Canvas was about art in public spaces. The process started with a call for applications from talented artists, interior designers, advertising professionals, etc. They were then selected based on their portfolios and possible contribution, and grouped into teams, led by creative thinkers and professionals in the varied fields of photography, digital innovation, design, etc. These teams came together for 4 days to brainstorm and workshop art installations in public spaces, and they had to then present it to corporate companies that would sponsor these installations.
The team behind the event consisted of talented, independent people who were hellbent on getting the project off the ground and successful. I played a somewhat secondary role, making sure that the team worked well and on time. So you could see me with a to-do list (88 items at the start, mind you!) going from person to person, and marking their responses on where they stood with the work.
The creative ideas were truly mind-boggling, and as was expected, highly energizing. I have come to love working with the ARTS department thanks to their innovative and creative ideas. The event itself faced a lot of mishaps, stressors, and shocks, and by the end, we were all looking to finish somehow. But, the outcome has made all of us extremely happy, and I, personally, am looking forward to the art installations being set up in Sri Lanka.
My second project management experience with British Council was on Colomboscope. Colomboscope is an arts festival celebrating contemporary literature, music, film, and performing arts organized by Goethe Institut and British Council.
My duties included assisting with the programme (researching, drafting, and editing), liaising with external and internal members, and general project management assistance. The participants selected were interesting and the panel topics timely and practical and yet academically literary. 🙂
We did some location scouting and found this amazing place in Modera. The Whist bungalow was just beautiful and underutilized. This is a picture I took on our visit there, and is the view from the bungalow.
The other places included the Rio Cinema (with the “drama” Paraya being hosted there), the Grand Oriental Hotel, and the New Town Hall. For me, the event was interesting mostly because of the locations they were held at.
The project was quite a bit relaxed comparing to the previous experience in August and September, and for that one must be thankful! 🙂
As part of my project management work, I took on the management of the British Council side of the Sri Lanka Fashion and Apparel Awards for half a month, due to a staff shortage at the British Council.
The project was a competition for promising designers and a space for them to launch/showcase their designs. I was wading through applications, photographing samples, making folders with all the data and shared samples, and liaising with the Academy of Design for a week to create order out of the chaos.
The event was divided into the judging process (which finished on the 14th) and the awards night. The judges included Shreela Ghosh (Director ARTS- South Asia of British Council), Jane Gottelier, Professor Wendy Dagworthy, and Roy Peach.
The project was quite interesting because of the sheer number of people involved, which led to some fraught nerves and shouting matches. Each decision was hotly debated. Made for some interesting times 🙂
The designs were amazing! The experience was truly inspirational, and completely changed my view of fashion! And the students at AoD were absolutely delightful, making friends with us, and even throwing me a birthday party of sorts on the 14th. The long hours of work and the stresses washed away with that, and the project was very successful.
The project also gave me a chance to prove my capacity to my “boss” and friend Natalie. I am lucky to have impressed her. The first weeks of chaos were easily turned around to manageable portions with to-do lists (my most favorite thing in the world!), discussions, and sticking with each other through thick and thin. Was a good experience overall.
Princey (of Positive Women’s Network) is doing wonderful HIV-related work in Sri Lanka. A true inspiration for all, and a cause dear to my heart..