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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  • THE Light. UrbanLight. 22 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am

    On request from the guys at Urban Light we did a workshop creating cards using different leaf print techniques!

    We introduced a couple of different techniques using either watercolor or poster paint. We brought a selection of leaves both fresh and dried, pre-cut card sized colored paper, watercolor paper, paints and alphabet stamps so the guys could get creative and create their own individual designs. The dried leaves created clearer lines when stamping than the fresh ones. We also had scrap pieces of paper the guys could practice on to figure out the amount of paint they needed to create the prints they wanted. 

    Once I had explained the workshop and we had handed out the materials the boys got to work. They worked hard and concentrated and most of them created several cards trying out different methods and creating cool designs. 

    The turnout for this workshop was really good. It was so great to have a full table, and seeing all the great artworks the boys created really inspired me! I hope it will inspire you too:)