Welcome to Art Relief International

Art Relief International works to transform the lives of struggling social groups in Chiang Mai, Thailand by offering them the opportunity to express themselves through an artistic lens.

Art changes lives. It is both a powerful means of expression and a recognized means of therapy – two things that are vital in the lives of ARI participants. ARI works to cultivate creativity, create an atmosphere of inclusion for groups that are often cast out and ignored, and encourage social change.


Our volunteer-based organization relies on dedicated and open-minded individuals looking to make a creative difference in the world. This unique opportunity to volunteer in Thailand rewards both volunteers and ARI program participants alike.

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  • Postcards: Express yourself! 22 Aug 2017 | 10:17 am

    Single mothers at WildFlower Home yesterday, had the unique experience to use art-making in a slightly different way than usual. Unlike traditional art, expressive art focuses on the process of creation rather than the final product.

    After introducing the concept of expressive art to the group, the participants were invited to an 'art material buffet' where they could familiarise themselves with various art materials, which ARI volunteers set up. There was a large selection of materials such as water colours, stamps, collage, crayons, markers, pencils, and more. It was an opportunity for them to see what materials they were attracted to the most.
    Art Buffet - pick your art materials!
    The volunteers and myself, taped down postcards made from watercolor paper, on to the table, and once the mothers' materials were chosen, the art making commenced!

    ARI Volunteers taping post cards for the border effect
    Mum and son painting together!
    Express yourself! Volunteers and mums painting their post cards
    Removing tape from each post card
     Some mothers involved their own children in the process, while others immersed themselves in this liberating and new art technique. Their images were not judged as good…