The Artist-in-Residence Program provides local and visiting artists, curators, and researchers with accomodation and studio facilities at the Tile Factory, providing a unique space for the creation, development and exchange of creative ideas and projects. The program serves most of all as a meeting place for artists: facilitating creative encounters, discussions and the exchange of experiences, and then opening these up to the public, acting as a conduit to the outside world.

In a sense, the residency acts as an incubator for the creation and exchange of ideas, experiences and representations. In the course of residency, our public - both within the region and further afield - are encouraged to engage with activities planned to help create awareness of one's own cultural difference and uniqueness. Each artist is given the opportunity to propose and focus on a particular project while in residence, which may be influenced or inspired by the reality of daily life in the city, the country and the region. Opportunities to work with local artists and the local community during the residencies will be plentiful and strongly encouraged.  

Applications are currently closed.

Deneth Wedaarachchige

As part of her residency, Deneth hosted a workshop and performed at Al Ma'mal.  The performance, "Healing", involved the delicate embroidery of a human heart on skin. "The Children of the Sun", an 8 day workshop, was held at the African Community Center in Jerusalem for children between the ages of 12-17 in order to help the participants express themselves, expand their imaginations, and create three-dimensional artwork. Additional information on the workshop can be found here.  


Deneth Wedaarachchige is a visual artist from Sri Lanka temporarily living in France. Deneth experienced the Sri Lankan civil war (1983-2009) as a child, and found that art can have a powerful impact and allow for people to share across cultures. As a visual artist, Deneth uses art to bring about small changes in people's lives by bringing them to express themselves and tell their stories through art, which in turn allows them to share their experiences with the rest of the world. Between 2004-2009 Deneth conducted workshops for children in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and local hospitals. She also curated "The Living Canvas-Gallery without Walls", a three dimensional art installation in Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka in which performers donned installation pieces and presented them in shows. More recently she has exhibited work at the UNESCO, the Salon des Delegues, and the Gallery 59 Rivoli in Paris.

More information on Deneth can be found on her website.