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 Pacific, RESURJ and Urgent Action Fund. She has consulted for Care International, IOM, Max 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.
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)
DESIGN UNITED: Bawa in the Digital Age
Arts and Culture
Civic and Public
Theatre + Film