Creative Synergies

This is an Art Therapy research project initiated by University of the Arts London (UAL) and Alexandra Hospital Singapore. 2 Singapore Alumni from UAL, namely Karen Hong (Alumni from Central Saint Martins College of Arts) and Anthony Tan (Alumni from London College of Fashion) are selected to drive this project.

The project is also done in collaboration with as a group of 20 students between 13 and 16 years of age are selected to be mentored by the 2 Alumni of UAL.

The initial stage of the project started in early April, where a hospital staff conducted a guided tour and a specific brief was given by the hospital. The area of the Geriatric ward was selected for this project. The Geriatric Ward consists of A Day Care Centre for the elderly, A Clinical Ward, A Geriatric Rehab Center and a Multi Purpose Hall. The mentors were given the challenge to bring Art and Design to this specific area and it would serve a therapeutic purpose for the elderly. The concept of creating a more natural and tranquil environment by bringing a glimpse of the outside world into the wards and waiting areas was suggested and supported by the Hospital.

For 2 months, the mentors worked with the group of 20 students from Tanglin Trust, they conducted workshops on fundamental principles of creative thinking and idea development. Demonstrated a variety of experimentations with different mixed-media and techniques. At the same time, Karen Hong took frequent visits to the hospital to conduct research and suggested to the hospital the use of windows as a canvas for the artworks. That would be a fantastic opportunity to create a stunning environment for the patients, with art that connects the inside with the outside. The hospital accepted the proposal and the final presentation to the Hospital was a range of prints, designed by students and Karen Hong. The resulting imagery represents the luscious and diverse floras and faunas of Singapore. Images are professionally printed on transparent vinyl and installed on 16 windows of the Geriatric ward.

On the evening of the 2nd September 2008, the exhibition, entitled CREATIVE SYNERGIES was opened by the Guest of Honour, Dr Milton Tan, Director of DesignSingapore Council (DSg).

Press Releases

03.09.08 Students bring a smile with art VIEW
03.09.08 Window Therapy VIEW