Presenting the Heritage of Sri Lanka through Authenticated Artifact Replicas.
Antiquities Replica Centre (ARC) is situated on the main Colombo - Kandy Highway in a picturesque location in the village of Bataleeya at Pasyala famous for its roadside sale of Kadjunuts. This is the only state managed institution in the country that ensures authentic, quality and immaculately produced artifactreplicas.
The ARC is managed by the Central Cultural Fund (Custodian Organization for UNESCO Declared World Heritage Sites) under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage. Its main objective is to represent the past achievements of different forms of arts including paintings, sculpture and carvings of our country that represents its rich civilization.
» Academic Unit
This unit conducts training courses in art, sculpture and carvings for a selected group of talented young people with special emphasis on making replicas of artifacts while retaining the original form and quality. Thus, it encourages the youth artists to keep up with these rare and valuable fields of art as a profession and income generating avenue. This training course includes painting, sculpture, brass casting / carving, wood caarving, stone carving, and ceramic.
When selecting students for the above course, priority is given to children from families of traditional artisans. Central Cultural Fund provides all the raw material required for the students and in addition they receive a monthly allowance during the period of study. The students receive a valuable certificate issued by the Central Cultural Fund after the successful completion of the course. In appreciation of this training course the National Apprentice and Technical Training Authority, also issues and certifcation to the students who complete the course.
During the past few years, past students of ARC were adjudged winners at the National level exhibitions of Arts & Crafts organized by the National Crafts Council.
In addition, all the instructors & craftspeople who hold appointments at the ARC are its past pupils.
» Production Unit
The Production Unit of the ARC focuses on reproducing authentic, high quality replicas in different media such as cement, fiberglass, terra cotta, brass, bronze, ceramic, wood and stone. The ARC caters to the tourist and local market. It also undertakes orders to construct special creations like portraits, souvenirs, statues etc.
› A sample of special models and replicas completed by the professional craftspeople of the Production Unit.
» Replica Sales Centres
There are ten sales centres providing the opportunity of purchasing replicas of most artifacts done in fiberglass, terracotta, brass, bronze, cement, stone and wood.
|National Museum, Colombo||011 2694767|
|Attaputtu Building, 11, Independence Avenue, Colombo 07||0112679921|
|Muhandiram Mandiraya, (Near Natha Devalaya) Kandy||081 2228075|
|Sigiriya Museum, Sigiriya||066 2286945|
|Maritime Archaeology Museum, Galle||091 3786088|
|Kataragama Museum, Kataragama||047 4928195|
|Polonnaruwa Museum, Polonnaruwa||0272224850|
|Jethavana Museum, Anuradhapura||025 2224818|
» Contact Details
Antiquities Replica Centre,
Central Cultural Fund,
212/1, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Tel/Fax - +94 33 2285230
Tel: +94 11 2500732, 2587912
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