Sura Medura

Activate are a partner organisation in Sura Medura, an International Artist Residency centre in Hikkaduwa, South West Sri Lanka.

Established in 2011 and offering career-changing funded opportunities for European artists and self-funded opportunities for artists from elsewhere.

Mid-career artists from all disciplines are selected by Activate and the other partners and are invited to submit proposals to create work that is enhanced by being developed in Sri Lanka.

Selected artists are offered mentorship and opportunities to meet with their peers in the Sri Lankan arts community. The artists then commit to a six week residency at the centre in Hikkaduwa.

There are also opportunities to present the resulting work in the UK and further afield.

It was founded to continue the artistic programme of the Chandrasevana Centre that was established by the Hikkaduwa Area Relief Fund


Activate have put forward Inside Out Dorset Artists and other Artists whom Activate have supported in the past. Each artist writes a blog post about their experience:

Lorna Rees

Helen Ottaway

Subartha Subramaniam

These artists who have previously featured at Inside Out Dorset Festival were nnominated by some of the other partner organisations: 

Flick Ferdinando


Jony Easterby - will be in Sri Lanka, Spring 2019 - blog link coming soon