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88 Acres: The Watapuluwa Housing Scheme by Minnette De Silva30 November 2023–7 July 2024

The Watapuluwa Housing Scheme in Kandy was completed in 1958, and heralded a new form of social housing in Sri Lanka. Designed by architect Minnette De Silva (1918–1998), the Scheme was notably created with the participation of its users.

‘88 Acres’ explores how this sprawling hillside development was ahead of its time in providing affordable accommodation for a diverse ethno-religious community of government public servants in Sri Lanka. Alongside a specially commissioned artists’ film by Irushi Tennekoon (b. 1989), Sumedha Kelegama (b. 1988), and Sumudu Athukorala (b. 1980), ‘88 Acres’ looks back at the Scheme 65 years later to consider De Silva’s influences and the challenges of her design approach.

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June 2024

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Reading Group

‘Imagining Minnette’ with Irushi Tennekoon and Ruhanie Perera

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Reading Group

Reading Group: ‘On Minnette De Silva and Architectural Method’ with Tariq Jazeel

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Sri Lankan Contemporary
Video Works and Panel Discussion

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#SupportLocalArt Talk

The Power of Diplomacy

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For Kids

Special Children’s Day Curator’s Tour with Sharmini Pereira

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Kids’ Activity Session

‘My Happy Place’ (for ages 9–12)

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Kids’ Activity Session

‘Tin Foil Figures’ (for ages 6–8)

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Kids’ Activity Session

‘Mind Maps’ (for ages 9–12)

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Workshop

‘Be Your Own Architect’ with Yuxin Cong (for ages 10–15)

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Workshop

‘Creating a Stamp of Minnette’ with Kiyawana Muddara (for ages 18 and above)

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Workshop

‘Make Your Ideal Space’ with Shenuka Corea (for ages 8–13)

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Workshop

‘Comic Making and Storytelling’ with Shenuka Corea (for ages 16 and above)

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