When the war ended in Sri Lanka in 2009, my husband; a tsunami survivor and I, a former insurgency/security risk analyst, wanted to "be the change we wanted to see in the world" by doing something good for the country and good for us; something original and uplifting that would raise positive awareness about this remarkable island's rich heritage and stunning natural beauty all around the world. For too long Sri Lanka had been associated in most overseas peoples' minds with terrorism, the tsunami and human rights issues. We wanted to cast light on the other side of the story here on this island of extremes. What better way to tap into the aspirations and the journey of a nation then through a celebration of its poster art movement? So there began the making of Stick No Bills™.
Eight years on and, with much thanks for the collaboration of our second-to-none suppliers, the dedication of our amazing, all-female gallery team and the enthusiasm of our myriad customers, we have expanded our proposition to another island of astounding natural beauty: Mallorca and prints of the vintage and retro style travel posters we have curated and designed can be found on the walls of literally thousands of homes, hotels, restaurants, cafes and offices all over planet earth. This is because perhaps sixty percent of all visitors to Sri Lanka have made it either to our store in Galle Fort, to Barefoot in Colombo or to one of the other prestigious outlets we supply during their trip around the island. Most walk out with at least a few postcards or one poster tube under their arm. Thus Stick No Bills™ has grown rapidly to become the premier resource for high quality poster art and poster design.
Our flagship gallery is spread out through every main room of a beautiful old Dutch colonial townhouse situated at the heart of Church Street, the 'golden mile' for cultural tourism in Sri Lanka; a historic and peaceful road lined with boutiques, jewellery stores, cafés and high-end hotels that intersects Galle Fort, the incredible UNESCO World Heritage City located on Sri Lanka's tropical southwestern coast.
From inception we have specialised in authenticating and raising the profile of Asian posters dating from the late 1800s through until the 1980s. The preeminent Ceylon collection we are proud to exhibit is the most extensive in the world. Since 2011 we have also prioritised innovation and expansion by creating retro-style posters to capture the spirit of both then and now in Sri Lanka, thereby enhancing the overall impact of our collection.
As de facto pioneers in post-war Sri Lanka's fast-growing art market, Stick No Bills™ also began to offer a first class framing service and to print "mega-sized" posters in 2012. Integrating these capabilities into our offering has made us a one-stop shop for leading interior designers.
Stick No Bills™ is a founding member of Greener Galle, the community-launched initiative to transform Galle Fort into the world's first carbon neutral living UNESCO World Heritage City. Please join this important eco-campaign at www.greenergalle.com.
Stick No Bills™ wants you to help us spearhead a renaissance in Sri Lanka’s poster art movement through the generation of iconic images of this island paradise. To fulfill this objective we extend an open, time-constraint-free invitation to artists and illustrators from all around the world to participate in the No Bill Piece Prize (to be confused with the Nobel Peace Prize), Twenty-First Century Sri Lanka’s Island-Wide, Free-Style, Free-Entry, Pro-Am Poster Design Competition, launched in association with the Academy of Design’s International Design Campus, Barefoot Gallery Colombo and Artra, Sri Lanka's leading contemporary art magazine. Philip James Baber, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Stick No Bills™ is offering cash prizes of up to USD $1,000 for the creation of retro-style travel posters that fit with our brand and help us project the tropical allure of this incredible island nation to the world.