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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  • Surrealistic 3D Collage 25 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am

    On Monday we visited Juvenile Detention centre where we work with boys in between 10 and 16 years old which are waiting for their sentence. The boys are amazing and love art and due to this I love being there. This time we created surreal 3D collages. In the beginning I taught the boys about surrealism, gave them some popular examples and told them that surrealistic art often looks like dreams. The boys were so interested and creative.
    I brought magazines, watercolor paper, templates, scissors, glue and poster paint. The idea to create some surrealistic art worked out very well. They guys, the volunteers and I enjoyed the nice atmosphere and the creative pictures. They got so into it and all pictures turned out really different and unique. We encouraged the boys to cut out the body template and turn them into a pop up. They all did it so well and some boys added more pop ups to their art.
     In the end we did not have enough time to share but the boys put their work in the center of the room when they were finished and looking at each others work really proudly, talking amongst themselves.

    It was the last workshop for me and I am happy that it was such a good one. I will…