The Advisory practises an agile working construct, emphasising specialised collaborations, including with independent specialists and consultants. Regular support is provided through a core group of gifted individuals, who manage process and project delivery, and specialises in supporting electic collecting practises and collections that reflect quality selection, curiosity, sophistication and aesthetic lifestyle.
Shalini Ganendra’s impact on cultural development and awareness has been defined by over two decades of informed project and educational engagement. Through specific programming, research, publication, and overarching commitment to transnational discourse, she has increased focus on, inter alia, the distinct and longstanding creative practices and histories of the South and South East Asian Regions. Her strengths include: strategic project implementation; expedient economic delivery; multi-disciplinary scholarship enhanced by legal discourse and a growing presence in dispute resolution.
Notable projects include: Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur, the pioneering annual cultural marquee featuring multi-disciplinary local and global constructs; the Vision Culture Lectures, a five year series which culminated in a dedicated Arts in Asia UNESCO Observatory publication; Artists and Research Residencies; and targeted, creative exhibition and education modules. These cultural endeavours of soft diplomacy have brought focus and recognition to new regions and creative practices.
Ganendra has advised governments, institutions, auction houses and collections. She was the first Sri Lankan art expert to be appointed to the Tate Gallery, Acquisitions Committee and has served on numerous cultural panels, including: Sovereign Art Prize, HK; Caochangdi Photo Spring Festival (Les Rencontres d’Arles Photography Festival), Beijing; Smithsonian Institution’s SARF program (Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship); and the Commonwealth Foundation Art Awards.
Shalini was educated in the US and UK, graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy where she was made a Life Harkness Fellow. She read law at University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall, has a LL.M. from Columbia University Law School, is a qualified Barrister and New York Attorney, and practised corporate finance law for 5 years on Wall Street before settling in Malaysia. She founded Shalini Ganendra Fine Art in 1998 which transitioned into the current advisory practise.