Shalini Ganendra specialises in Asian Contemporary and Modern Art, with particular focus on emerging regions, and artists connected to Asia. With over 20 years of experience advising arts organizations and individuals, she works closely with clients to formulate thoughtful strategies for entire collections or single works of art; to build, maintain and appraise museum quality collections; and to connect collections with institutions. Her expertise also extends to representing clients at auctions, in the salesrooms and in private treaty sales, to negotiate terms and discounts.
Shalini Ganendra sits on committees including: TATE Gallery Acquisitions Committee (SAAC) and Sovereign Art Prize. Past positions include: Commonwealth Art Awards (UK); inaugural Caochangdi Photofestival/ Photo d’Arles,(Beijing); and the Smithsonian Institution’s SARF Award (Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship).
She is a graduate of Cambridge University and obtained an LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law. She is also a NY Attorney and Barrister at Law. and practiced corporate finance law on Wall Street before developing SGFA to combine a passion for visual education with effective project management, while broadly impacting cultural development. Through this international multi-disciplinary expertise, she provides guidance tailored to each client, appreciating that projects and collections need identity and narrative to succeed.
Asia Design Forum 2014, Singapore, Speaker:Designing to Save the Art Experience
Art Funds, Edge Publications, Malay Mail, 2013
Art in Emerging Regions, Robb Report, Singapore
Twenty Years in Review, National Art Gallery of Malaysia Journal, 2010
Perspectives on Malaya – Photographic Stories, Asian Art Newspaper (UK), 2007
The Journal of Sri Lankan Art, Mood Indico (USA), 2007
An Island of Art – Sri Lankan Contemporary, Asian Art Newspaper (UK), 2006
Essay on Peradaniya Gardens, Sri Lanka, in Paradise Found, Journey through Noble Gardens of Asia, 2008