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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  • Hello from Laura! 23 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am

    Hey! My name is Laura and I am a new volunteer with Art Relief International. Coming from a small town in chilly Northern Ireland it has been quite a culture shock to stay in Chiang Mai with the heat, humidity and friendly hospitality!! 

    Thailand has been so welcoming so far and so full of new experiences, colours, textures and people so I can't wait to see what else it has in store over the next three weeks.
    Having studied Textiles and art at university I have a real passion for creating new pieces and developing new concepts within my area of study. While I have enjoyed exploring my own artistic practice I also relish in the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills and love of creativity with other people. This has led me to run my own workshops as well as gain employment as an art facilitator at the Ulster Museum where I'm from and an art technician at a local secondary school. I enjoy working with a variety of ages and cultures which became particularly evident when I volunteered at an orphanage at North East India for four months a couple of years ago. It was really great to see the children open up and develop their personalities through art workshops, playtime and basic English lessons. I really enjoyed doing art with the children in particular and felt like I learnt a lot about them when they were explaining their work to me.…