ArtWorks, an innovative art studio and consultancy, taps into the creative and therapeutic potential of artmaking. It offers private art therapy sessions, wellness workshops and art education programs, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client or institution. Kelly Reedy, ArtWorks’ founder, believes engaging with art, whether by making it or viewing others’ creations, can enrich, transform, and bring meaning to your life.
Kelly has worked in the creative arts field in Singapore for over 20 years. She is a qualified art psychotherapist (MA AThR), professional artist and art educator. Her studio in Wessex Estate serves as a base for her own art practice as a mixed-media painter and printmaker, as well as her art therapy practice. As an educator she has facilitated workshops for schools and museums, and trained teachers at the National Institute of Education and the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. In her art therapy practice she uses the creative process to work with caregivers, youth-at-risk, elders with dementia, children with special needs and adults seeking greater self-awareness and resilience. She is currently a part-time lecturer in the MA Art Therapy programme at LASALLE College of the Arts.
Through ArtWorks, Kelly combines her expertise in the fields of art therapy, fine art and education to develop therapeutic imagination workshops, reaching out to individuals who have little experience with artmaking or museum and gallery going. Her goal is to share with others the benefits of how interacting with art can de-stress, rebalance and rejuvenate. As an art therapist, she has facilitated a number of workshops at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) connecting art and wellbeing to visiting a museum space.
In the ‘Shared Narratives: Museum, Memory Boxes and Art Therapy Showcase’, February 16th – 24th, 2019, she worked with her colleague Daniel Wong and their first year MA Art Therapy students from LASALLE College of the Arts to organize therapeutic art workshops in the museum for elders from St Luke’s Eldercare Centres. This project culminated in a display at the NMS of the memory boxes made by the elders, exploring their personal stories of growing up in Singapore.
Kelly has recently developed a set of interactive therapeutic colouring cards for STAEDTLER, ‘Art as Therapy for Everyone: Makan Memories’. The theme of the cards is local hawker fare, inspiring us to reflect upon our connections to family and friends through food.
Kelly also brings therapeutic intentions to her own studio practice. In 2018 she was commissioned to design four floors of stained glass windows for the newly built Thye Hua Kwan Taoist Temple located at 71 Fernvale Link in Singapore. For this project she created contemplative, symbolic imagery that encourages visitors to the temple to relax and calm their minds.
If you are interested in exploring artmaking for self-expression and self-enrichment or opening up new channels for self-care and nurturing the possibility of transformation within, check out ArtWorks’ upcoming workshop: Getting in Touch with Nature through Artmaking: Creating Harmony for Self and Community
ArtWorks website: http://www.artworks.sg