Lionel Wendt Art Centre

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Lionel Wendt Art Centre
ලයනල් වෙන්ඩ්ට්
Lionel Wendt Art Centre
Lionel Wendt Art Centre
Address 18 Guildford Crescent,
Colombo 7, Sri Lanka.
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Coordinates 6°54′25″N 79°51′37″E / 6.90694°N 79.86028°E / 6.90694; 79.86028Coordinates: 6°54′25″N 79°51′37″E / 6.90694°N 79.86028°E / 6.90694; 79.86028
Type Theatre
Genre(s) Music, Concerts, Theatre, Dance
Capacity Over 600
Opened 12 December 1953 (1953-12-12)

The Lionel Wendt Art Centre is a major art centre and theatre in Colombo, Sri Lanka, dedicated to the memory of Sri Lankan photographic artist Lionel Wendt.[1] It combines live theatre and art exhibition, with two exhibition galleries and a theatre with over 600 seats.[2] It is managed by a trust established by an Act of Parliament.


Early art exhibitions were held at Wendt's home, with the second and third taking place after Lionel Wendt's death in 1944.[3] After his death, his brother Harry decided to open a centre in his brother's memory, but he died just a year after his brother.[4] The construction of the centre was finished by their mutual friend, Harold Peiris, for whom one of the Centre's second galleries is named.

The theatre portion of the center opened on 12 December 1953, with the production of Maxim Gorky's "The Lower Depths", starring Iranganie Serasinghe and produced by E. F. C. Ludowyk.[5] Performances in subsequent years included Ediriweera Sarachchandra's "Maname" (1956) and Chitrasena's "Karadiya" (1961).[4]

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  1. ^ 50th Anniversary of the Lionel Wendt Theatre
  2. ^ "Dedication to Lionel Wendt". 
  3. ^ "His own canvas of life". 2008. Retrieved April 6, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Lionel Wendt Theatre". sundayobserver. 2003. Retrieved 2003-07-20. 
  5. ^ "Iranganie : Expression of an ethos". sundayobserver. 2003. Retrieved 2003-11-30. 

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