Shalini Ganendra : Curriculum Vitae and Publications



SHALINI GANENDRA ADVISORY  Director/Founder.  1998 – Current

Founder and director of a leading cultural organisation specialising in inter- and multi- disciplinary programming for research, residency and public exhibitions. Select Modules:  

  • Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur: pioneering annual city marquee, featuring multi-disciplinary programming with public talks, workshops, private and public exhibitions, 2016-2019.

  • Exhibitions: particular focuses on emerging regions and emerging practices.  

  • Vision Culture Lectures: Select lectures published as the UNESCO Observatory Arts in Asia Issue. 2016. (See details below.)

  • Inter-disciplinary project modules: Featuring visual art, sound and architecture.

  • Institutional and government collaborations: Providing on-site research and creative facilities.  

  • Gallery Residence project development as an award winning, green cultural space and continuing subject of sustainable architecture research. 


Vision Culture Lectures: 2010 -2014,   UNESCO Observatory Endorsed. 

Public programme featuring inter-disciplinary and trans-national content with public talks, workshops.     


  • Zenadh Kes: Art is Life, Brian Robinson (Australia: Artist; Curator and Trustee, Queensland Art Gallery)

  • Curating Asian Art at the Rubin Museum, Dr. Beth Citron (USA: Curator, Rubin Museum, New York).

  • Art of Sparkle: Jewellery as a Fine Art, Prof. Robert Baines (Australia: Artist, Goldsmith and Academic).


  • Curating New Frontiers: Asia and the Guggenheim, Sandhini Poddar (USA/India: Adjunct Curator, Guggenheim Museum, New York).

  • The Art of Giving, Sir Roy Calne (United Kingdom: Artist and Surgeon.)

  • Curating Contemporary Art in the 21st Century Museum, Dr. Kelly Gellatly (Australia: Director,, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne).


  • Participatory Design, Responsive Architecture, Ar. Gregory Burgess (Australia: Architect, Order of Australia).

  • Gorgeous Weaves, A Story of Social Enterprise, Carol Cassidy (Lao Textiles).

  • Contemporary Identity in Photography, Dr. Michiko Kasahara (Japan: Chief Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo).

  • Connections, Claudia Cannizzaro (USA/Italy: Artist and Director, Art OMI).

  • From Idea to Exhibition, Dr. Debra Diamond (USA: Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution).

  • New Directions in Asian Architecture, Dr. Anoma Pieris (Australia: Professor of Architecture and Anthropology, University of Melbourne).


  • International Biennial and Triennial Trends, Christopher Phillips (USA: Curator, International Center of Photography).

  • An Intimate Relationship with the World, Antoine D'Agata (France: Photographer, Magnum Photos).

  • Living Art - Oceania & Pacific,  Dr. Susan Cochrane (Australia: Curator and Museum Director, Elcho Island).

  • Critical Curatorship, Oscar Ho  (Hong Kong: Curator).



  • Research Fellow, Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group, Oxford University,  2019 -2020

  • Harkness Fellow, Lifetime, Phillips Exeter Academy, awarded 2007

  • Cambridge University, Dr. Cooper’s Law Studentship, 1987

  • National Cum Laude Scholar, USA, 1982  



  • Handmade in Serendip. Sri Lanka’s Craft Narrative, Educating in the Crafts, The Global Experience. Publisher Springer, Netherlands 2019

  • The Tin Mine Landscapes, Fabrications -The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 2019

  • Arts in Asia Issue of the UNESCO Observatory ejournal, Guest Editor, 2016

  • Seeing the Bigger Picture, Art in Basel, Edge Publications, 2018

  • Culture Connoisseur, bi-monthly series, The Grid Publication, 2016 – 2017

  • Art Review, Bazaar Art, Malaysia, 2015

  • Art Funds, Edge Publications, Malay Mail, November 2013

  • Art in Investment, Malaysia Unreserved, September 2013

  • Art in Emerging Regions, Robb Report, Singapore, 2010

  • Twenty Years in Review, National Art Gallery of Malaysia Journal, March 2010

  • The State of the Art, The Peak, August 2009

  • Peradaniya Gardens, Sri Lanka, Paradise Found, Journey through Noble Gardens of Asia, 2008

  • Perspectives on Malaya – Photographic Stories, Asian Art Newspaper (UK), November 2007

  • The Journal of Sri Lankan Art, Mood Indigo (USA), March 2007

  • An Island of Art – Sri Lankan Contemporary, Asian Art Newspaper (UK), November 2006

  • Sri Lankan Contemporary Art, Finance Asia (HK), 2004



  • Acquisitions Committee (SAAC), TATE Gallery, 2017 - Current

  • Advisory Board, Cambridge University, Trinity Hall, Current

  • Sovereign Art Prize Nominator, Hong Kong, 2014 - Current

  • Past President and current Advisor, Oxford & Cambridge Society Malaysia

  • Founding Board Member, English Speaking Union Malaysia

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, 2014 - Cultural Entrepreneurship.

  • Chief Judge, ASVOFF 6 (Fashion & Film Awards), Pompidou Center, Paris, 2013

  • Panel Chair, Modernism in Malaysia, Henry Butcher Lecture Series, 2013

  • Nominator, Smithsonian Institution's SARF Awards, 2012 and 2011

  • Chief Judge – Asia, Commonwealth Art Awards (UK), 2011 and 2010

  • Speaker, Caochangdi Photo Festival/ Photo d’Arles, Inaugural, Beijing, 2009



1988-1989           Columbia University Law School, LL.M., USA

1984-1987           Cambridge University, B.A., M.A. with honors,  UK    

1982-1984           Stanford University, USA

Qualifications:     Barrister at Law (1987); Attorney, New York (1989)