Barefoot Gallery Colombo

The Barefoot Gallery Colombo serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets and filmmakers. The space is used in a variety of ways: exhibitions by local and foreign artists and photographers, (including The World Press Photo) concerts, poetry readings, film nights and theatre. The café on its premises hosts private dinners and parties at night and is home to Colombo’s most popular pub quiz.

After a hiatus, it reopened in 1991 as “Gallery 706 Colombo” and was the first commercial art gallery in Sri Lanka. The salon type atmosphere prevailed and Gallery 706 hosted a number of exhibitions in the 1990’s by artists such as Jagath Weerasinghe, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Anoli Perera, and Muhanned Cader. It also presented exhibitions of work by visitors, either those living temporarily in the island or others just passing through. Three notable exhibitions were a retrospective by George Classen in 1993, an exhibition of acrylics on paper by Ivan Peries in 1996, both were members of the illustrious 43 Group that was founded by Lionel Wendt in 1943; And, a comprehensive exhibition of Lionel Wendt photographs that went up for view and sale – a request from the owners of the collection that the directors of Gallery 706 were happy to oblige. 150 pictures were selected from a substantial 600.

In 1999 came further expansion and the gallery moved into a new building, and the name changed to Barefoot Gallery Colombo to consolidate all of Barefoot’s different activities under one umbrella. Artists that came on board and exhibit regularly with us are: Alex Stewart, Barbara Sansoni and the designers at Barefoot, photographer Dominic Sansoni, Druvinka, Josephine Balakrishnan, Laki Senanayake, Mahen Chanmugum, Nelun Harasgama, and Neville and Sybil Weereratne.

The responsibility of the gallery is to ensure that the work that is shown under its auspices is genuine, well executed and interesting. In this way, Barefoot helps cultivate the arts.

current exhibition:

is waiting part of the journey by Nelun Harasgama

Nelun Harasgama's current exhibition explores to ponder a timeless question: Is waiting an integral part of life's journey? Through a collection of minimalist paintings, each rendered solely in shades of white, the exhibition delves into the depths of anticipation and patience.

Viewers are encouraged to reflect on the role of waiting in their own lives. They may find resonance in the universal themes of longing, hope, and resilience depicted in the artworks, recognizing that waiting is not merely a pause in the journey but a profound and transformative experience in its own right.


    Whilst You Were Sleeping by Elizabeth Porter

    Elizabeth Porter first visited Sri Lanka 30 years ago. Her work reflects her interest in how, in the middle of the city nature, particularly birds, animals and insects, still finds thier place. Painting on panels of gold leaf, her images call to mind religious icons and draw the viewer intimately towards these creatures, asking us to revaluate the things we consider insignificant.


    BODHI by Channa Ekanaya

    Channa practiced art under the guidance of Croatian artist, Dora Tomulic. He has participated in several group shows and international artist residencies organised by the The George Keyt Foundation. Channa uses a variety of mediums and techniques. This will he Channa’s first solo exhibition at Barefoot Gallery Colombo.