Perera worked as a doctor in Sri Lanka, returned to UK for postgraduate studies (MSc & MPhil) in Virology and worked at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. In 2003 she completed a MA Bookarts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of London. She taught at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing 2007 and curated a show: 15 to 1 touring internationally to 12 venues.
She has won several prizes and awards: The St. Cuthbert’s Mill Award at DRAW 12 (London 2012); The Intaglio Prize-Printathon (London 2012); 1st Prize-Drawing for Design. Rootstein Hopkins Foundation Drawing Exhibition. (London 2011); Distinction-European International Book Art Biennale 2010, (Romania 2010); Best Overall Book Design Prize (NPB) & the Aidan Portnall Award-Society of Bookbinders International Competition & Conference. (2009); Southern Cross University Acquisitive Award. NSW, Australia. (2009); 1st prize at SHELTER, touring exhibition USA. (2008-2009); Birgit Skiold Award for excellence in Book Arts, London Artist Bookfair ‘05, Institute of Contemporary Art, London. (2005); Grand Prize-1st International Book Arts Competition, Seoul, South Korea. (2005)
Perera has work held in several public and private collections: Tate Britain; Victoria & Albert Museum; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; PrintROOM – Rotterdam; Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London; Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collection; Guanlan Museum, China; Grafisk vaerksted-Naestved, Denmark; Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan; British Library; Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Permanent Art Collection. Alexandria, Egypt; Southern Cross University Artist Book Collection, NSW, Australia; Yale Centre for British Art, USA; CFPR (Centre for Fine Print Research) Collection, UWE Bristol. UK; Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Kansas, USA; Brooklyn Art Library, USA; Centre for Artist Books, Dundee Contemporary Art, Dundee; ULUS Print Triennial Collection, Belgrade, Serbia; DFEWA Collection, Satu Mare, Romania; Bank Street Arts, Sheffield; Leeds College of Art Library, UK; Iraq National Library, Baghdad; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, R.O.C.
She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art and the 62 Group of Textile Artists.
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