SUNFLAKES ART THERAPY

Accessible Art Psychotherapy
Compassionate Inquiry
Trauma-Informed Care

Sunflakes Art Therapy is a mobile home-based therapeutic arts studio, providing private individual and group art psychotherapy services to seniors, caregivers, young adults and children experiencing mental health challenges, added needs and life transitions. Sunflakes Art Therapy also conducts therapeutic workshops in schools, museums, hospitals and businesses. The aim is to support each person in finding a comfortable, non-judgmental space to get in touch with themselves and creative potential through art expression, arriving at hopeful change.

Janel Ang is an art psychotherapist and community artist. With more than 10 years working in community arts serving populations in poverty or experiencing traumatic life circumstances, Janel is trained to provide trauma-informed care through creative mediums. Beyond verbal counselling, she is skilled in working with non-verbal populations such as children with special needs, children who have experienced early childhood trauma, patients in stroke rehabilitation, seniors with dementia and also their caregivers. Her interest and diverse skills in the arts range from photography, painting, videography and animation, and she is able to weave them dextrously into her therapy sessions and workshops, engaging clients in comfortably and meeting them where they are.

In her spare time, she volunteers on farms and loves being with animals. She hopes that she can bring joy to her clients by allowing to explore and be themselves through play.

Janel Ang
MA, AThR, ATR-BC
MA Art Therapy
LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore
(Goldsmiths, University of London, UK - validating institutional partner)
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Previous Projects

The National Museum’s upcoming inclusive social space is designed for seniors living with dementia to increase their quality of lives through non-pharmacological interventions. The space increases visibility for the vulnerable in society and sets itself up as a model example for increased accessibility in public spaces. As part of my internship with the museum, I conducted art therapy sessions in the space.


‘Why Should I Care?’ is a platform by youth, for youth who experience physical and mental illness, be it as a patient, caregiver or professional. The initiative aims to facilitate open dialogue about young people’s journeys with illness through the mutual sharing of creative ‘life hacks’ for coping.




Let’s Cook Soup Together! is a workshop where participants can explore identity and family histories through the activity of cooking a communal soup. Understanding how we interact in a group gives insight to how individualities are shaped, informing how we collaborate in social systems.

Supported by The Future of Our Pasts Festival as part of the Singapore Bicentennial.


Suspended at an angle that demonstrates the peak of happiness in a swing’s oscillation, Mood Swing hints at utopian visions of desirable happiness that allows for joy and hope. However, its inaccessibility produces a sense of unattainability and futility.

Commissioned for SOTA’s 10th year anniversary.



Book Buddies is a program aimed at children from less-privileged families, conducted by youth Captains from Superhero Me, an organisation that promotes arts-based inclusion amongst children from diverse backgrounds and learning abilities. It is a program that employs creative tools to make reading and studying fun, ensuring a safe and nurturing environment in which difficult topics about home and school stressors could be broached. 



Let’s Go Play Outside is a weekly ground-up initiative launched in lower-income neighbourhoods to encourage children to engage socially and environmentally through play and the arts. I worked with artists to co-facilitate a range of art and play activities including animation, print-making, music, photography, movement and writing, uniting a community of children and elderly living in the rental flats in Toa Payoh.

The Let’s Go Play Outside programme is led by 3Pumpkins founder Lin Shiyun.


Milestones is an audio-guided journey up a stairwell, reflecting on life and death, and what it means to walk alongside someone struggling with difficult thoughts. It touches on compassion fatigue in caregiving, the psychographic impact of space in healing, and seeks to build shared consciousness and empathy for those who are walking alone.


For your eyes only is an audience participatory piece which invites people to experience a shared consciousness of sending and receiving thoughts, highlight the problems in digital intimacy.

Collaborators: Jevon Chandra and Sherlyn Goh


Commissioned by Dr Effie Chew, a Senior Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, in the Division of Neurology, NUH, this weekly programme was designed to aid stroke patients undergoing rehabilitation in building esteem through creative expression. Painting offered the patients an alternative mode of expression, giving voice to their struggles and desires.

Co-facilitators: Wong Hui Yu, Natalie Christian Tan


"Balek Kampung" means “to return home” in Baba Malay. Baba Malay is a diminishing local dialect in Singapore spoken by Peranakans, of whom my grandmother, who I call Mama, is one. This film is a portrait of my amnesiac grandmother exploring the spaces of her past together with her Burmese domestic helper, Sulai. As Mama's frail frame traverses the physical landscapes that have changed over time, we are given a poignant reminder of our mortality.


On my first trip to China, I felt a sense of loss and alienation despite being ethnically Chinese. I began to encounter the people and spaces like a foreigner through my camera.


An essay film ruminating on memory, loss and the quotidian.


Rest in Peace is a mobile grass bed situated in a city thoroughfare, inviting members of the public to take pause on an island of grass. It facilitated conversations about self-care, the healing powers of nature and solitude. A deinstallation ceremony was held where the grass was repotted and given out to strangers.



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Social Space for Seniors

Initiative
2020
I was selected as the first MA Art Therapy intern from LASALLE College of the Arts Art Therapy programme to have my clinical placement at the National Museum of Singapore. I contributed in making the museum more inclusive by planning intergenerational programmes between youth and seniors, developing learning resources for children with special needs, and working with the blind to develop 3D handling artefacts and soundscapes for to design more accessible exhibitions.

In light of COVID-19, I innovated and developed online resources to engage isolated seniors living with dementia, including a virtual exhibition, accompanying guides, art kits and craft activities. I also conducted online engagement sessions and facilitated virtual gallery tours using a telepresence robot.

It is a privilege to be a part of the team that is making public landmarks in Singapore more inclusive and therapeutically beneficial. By showing how art therapy can dignify and support the lives of vulnerable communities in society, we hope to set a precedent for other public spaces in society.
Why Should I Care?

Workshop
2019
‘Why Should I Care?’ is a platform by youth, for youth who experience physical and mental illness, be it as a patient, caregiver or professional. The initiative aims to facilitate open dialogue about young people’s journeys with illness through the mutual sharing of creative ‘life hacks’ for coping.

‘Why Should I Care?’ Live Edition is an interactive sharing workshop series facilitated by a team of young caregivers and youth who experience illness. The workshops offers space for youth to share creative strategies that have helped them build resilience to face illness. Through games, movement, writing, meditation, art and the like, the sessions empower youth to battle stigma, advocate for wellness and offer mutual support.

Workshops are available for groups, organisations, institutions and members of the public upon request — write in to hello@creativesinspirit.com.

The ‘Why Should I Care?’ video series features youth patients and caregivers in open dialogue about their experiences with illness and is available for viewing here: tinyurl.com/wsic2019
Let’s Cook Soup Together!

Workshop
2019
People are known to bond over food, yet kitchens and dinner tables can be touchy and political sites for families and social groups. In this workshop, I used a pot of soup as a metaphor for family and guided participants to think about how they might contribute to it.

The workshop participants gained self-insight and learned that acceptance and appreciation of individual differences was possible through civil conversation over food. Understanding how we interact in a group gave us insight to how our individualities have been shaped, informing how people contribute to other group interactions outside comfort zones.

This workshop was supported by The Future of Our Pasts Festival as part of the Singapore Bicentennial.
It will be held again at the National Library Board’s Read!Fest 2020.