Digital International Creative Arts Therapies Symposium


Detailed Program Schedule (Singapore)

3:00pm - 6:00pm, February 23, 2019

Welcome Message

Welcome message by Ronald Paul-Michael Henry Lay, Programme Leader, LASALLE College of the Arts MA Art Therapy Programme. Introduction to the hive schedule will follow.


For more info on LASALLE College of the Arts's Art Therapy Programme, visit here.

Ronald P.M.H. Lay, EdD (candidate), MA, ATR-BC, AThR

Host: Sze-Chin Lee, MAAT, AThR, LPC

3:00pm – 3:10pm


Lost in Another Space

Lost in Another Space is an interactive installation where you will step into both physical and mental space while painting with light.


A LASALLE College of the Arts graduate in BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Arts, Din has worked with various sectors and institutions both locally and overseas, such as L’Observatoire, Playeum, Art Science Museum, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, and Gravitech Thai. He taught art and technology at schools and community centres, and participated in artist residencies in Thailand and Cambodia that were self-exploratory, and involved workshops and community building. For more info on Din Chan, visit here.

Din Chan, BFA

3:10pm – 3:35pm

Live Presentation – Interactive Installation

The Exploration of Digital Art Media and Augmented Reality in Art Therapy Practice

 Considering the exploration of augmented reality and preloaded smart device digital photo editing applications as art materials in contemporary art psychotherapy practice, with the aim to provide insight to the positive use, application and possibility of digital art materials that could be offered to clients along with known art materials.


Alex, a South African native, has for the past five years worked multi-culturally as a registered specialist wellness counselor in private, hospital, community, group, school, and individual settings. With this background in counseling psychology, he enjoys working with family dynamics. This, in turn, led him to his passion to explore the creative therapies pursuing his Masters in Art Therapy at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is continuously amazed at the power of creative interventions, and in his current enrolment he can now bring together his passions for counselling, creativity and fine art in the field of art therapy 

Alex C. Koen, MA Art Therapy Candidate, B.A. Psy. Soc., B.A.Counselling Psy. 

3:40pm – 4:05pm

Live Presentation with Experiential

Personifying a Memory

Within the practice of art therapy; clients often leave behind their personal artworks until the end of their sessions. In this time, some works get forgotten or left behind permanently. This presentation showcases the process of a left-behind street sculpture by an art therapist in an attempt to personify a memory.


Privileged to have been exposed to multi-cultural populations throughout his academic, work and lived experience, Mahesh’s research interests naturally developed towards the complex interplay of cultural variation within a diverse population. His working experience with older adults at a sheltered home in Singapore further encouraged him to traverse new terrain and articulate a culturally informed art therapy practice. Induced through his postgraduate art psychotherapy training, his purposeful exploration of paint and sculpture accentuated concerting synergies between culture, experience and practice.

Mahesh Iyer, MA, AThR, BSc Psychology

4:10pm – 4:30pm

Live presentation

Art x Tech for Good

Can art save the world? Probably not on its own. Mix some tech in there, and you might solve real-world problems.


Eugene Soh, a.k.a. DUDE (b. 1987) is a computer programmer who accidentally became an artist when his photographic piece, contextualizing Da Vinci’s Last Supper in a local hawker centre setting, surfaced on social media in 2012. That discovery, with its tongue-in-cheek commentary on contemporary life in Singapore, catapulted him into the art world.


He has since been a full-time artist delving in Art and Technology, with a passion for Virtual and Augmented reality. His recent VR company, Mind Palace, focuses on patients with dementia and their caregivers, with the purpose of improving the physical and mental well-being of elderly Singaporeans.

For more info on Eugene, visit here.

Eugene Soh, BFA in Interactive Media

4:35pm – 5:00pm

Live presentation

Empowered to Create: The Therapeutic Use of Digital Media by an Adolescent with Cerebral Palsy

This is a presentation of the key findings based on the presenter’s clinical placement at a special student care center as an MA Art Therapy student at LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore. It is a qualitative single-case study of a male adolescent with Cerebral Palsy and his experience with the use of digital media in art therapy which had elicited his curiosity and motivation to build upon his residual strengths.


Shu Ning is an art therapist who currently works with patients and residents in a community hospital and nursing home. She strives to respond and engage with individuals and the community in creative and innovative ways through the therapeutic and life-enhancing qualities of art and finds immense creative potential while working in the virtual realm with her clients who have physical disabilities.

Shu Ning Poh, MA, AThR, BFA

5:05pm – 5:30pm

Live presentation

Round Table Discussion with Singapore Hive-Site Presenters

Panel discussion on future directions in digital media for the creative arts therapies in Singapore.

Moderator: Mahesh Iyer, MA, AThR, BSc Psychology

5:35pm – 6:00pm

Live discussion

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