Art Therapy International Centre (ATIC) was first established in Singapore in 2010 by Co-Founders Sara Powell and Theresa Ng. Sara and Theresa met during their postgraduate studies during their MA Art Therapy days in Singapore, although from different parts of the world Sara from UK Theresa from Singapore they soon became the closest of friends.
Sara and Theresa have a deep love for the arts and are passionate in educating, promoting and providing art therapy services to the community. They wanted to make a difference and set off on a mission to destigmatize mental health, changing lives one image at a time through art therapy
Sara and Theresa are also co-authors, recently publishing their work in the ‘Multicultural family art therapy (family therapy and counselling book) 2015. Representing Singapore, the chapter looks at the family system from a cultural context and when working on a community level. The focus of the chapter is on ATIC’s art of bonding© programme for children living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and in supporting families living with ADHD.
In 2012 ATIC was joined by Andrew C Wright, who trained at Goldsmiths College, UK in Art Psychotherapy. Andrew has worked in London and Singapore as an art therapist, initiating therapeutic programmes for children at-risk in schools, and for families with difficulties. Andrew is also the co-founder of ATIC’s service in Dubai and is ATIC’s Clinical Director and Senior Art Psychotherapist who is responsible for overseeing workshop programmes for Government agencies and private corporations. Andrew is an experienced clinical supervisor and expert in cross-cultural studies, who has worked in London, Singapore and Dubai. Andrew has a wealth of experience from running workshops in London’s Tate Gallery, managing services in the UK and supervising trainees.
“We are so very excited to have recently opened ATIC Dubai as the 1st Art Therapy centre in the UAE and to introduce art therapy services as a treatment modality for a variety of populations in the United Arab Emirates and the region”.
ATIC believes in working together closely with other likeminded professionals, and are fortunate along this journey to have been inspired and work with professionals who share the same sentiments as them and who believe in the same vision as ATIC. It was their combined passion of the arts and in helping people and their communities which inspired them to begin ATIC’s journey not only in Singapore but recently opening in Dubai, a country Sara grew up in and has a strong emotional connection with.
“Art knows no boundaries, it has the ability to transcend culture, religious differences and language, it has the power to empower the marginalized and give form to the heart and soul, it sees no colour, it does not discriminate, art is therapy and ATIC speaks art therapy” — with love from ATIC