about


Thilini Perera is a multidisciplinary designer from Colombo, Sri Lanka. In over 15 years of experience, she has worked with local and international organisations at the intersection of the arts and social justice issues. Her collaborations with global feminist organsations include ARROW, APWLD, CREA, Frida Fund, IWRAW Asia PacificRESURJ and Urgent Action Fund. She has consulted for Care International, IOMMax Planck Foundation, SID, World Bank, World Food Programme, and UNHCR.

Through these varied engagements, Thilini's expertise has involved finding creative solutions for graphic and editorial design projects, data visualisation, theatre set design, art direction for films, exhibition design, web projects and more. She headed the design team of RMIT university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for two years in 2014–2016.

Thilini has the distinction of being Art Director for the Museum of Religious Freedom which is Sri Lanka's first virtual museum for "archiving, learning, and critically reflecting on the complex histories and contemporary concerns relating to the freedom of religion or belief in Sri Lanka." This museum is supported by The Intercultural Innovation Award. She is currently conceptualising a mobile exhibition for this project, which will travel around Sri Lanka to conduct interactive workshops and talks on religious freedom with local communities. 

Since 2019, Thilini has held the position of Design and Communications Manager for the Geoffrey Bawa Trust (private trust of the Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa, regarded as having been one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the 20th century), where she conceptualises online and on-site projects including the year-long Bawa 100 programme and the first public exhibition of the Geoffrey Bawa archives It Is Essential to be There. She is currently designing the forthcoming book, Drawing from the Geoffrey Bawa Archives, with Swiss publisher Lars Müller Publishers. 



publications


Rabbit in the Moon, Inkbrick No. 5 with Deshan Tennekoon (2016)
20°C/32°F, Bystander Anthology by Kadak Collective (2020)
Untaming Restraint and the Deferred Apology, Improvised FUTURES by Tulika Books with Natasha Ginwala (2021)



talks


DESIGN UNITED: Bawa in the Digital Age




selected clients


Arts and Culture
Geoffrey Bawa Trust
Colomboscope
British Council

Automotive
Mercedes-Benz

Civic and Public
The Asia Foundation
Centre for Policy Alternatives
Centre for a Smart Future
Colombo Urban Lab
Groundviews
The German Society for International Cooperation (GiZ) GmbH
Institute of Policy Studies
LIRNEasia

Development
CARE International
IOM
Max Planck Foundation
UNHCR
World Bank
World Food Programme

Design 
Sri Lanka Design Festival
Urban Island

Education
RMIT
Academy of Design (AOD)

Human Rights
ARROW
APWLD
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Centre for Equality & Justice
CREA
Frida Fund
International Womens' Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific
The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion
RESURJ
Urgent Action Fund
WAO
Women and Media Collective

Publishing
Echelon Magazine

Theatre + Film
Mind Adventures Theatre Co.
Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke
The Milo Wladek Co.