How it all started
One random day in May 2019, Jae, founder of Artify Studio, was walking around the kampung glam when she saw groups of seniors loitering around the area. They were lying on benches and staring into space, seemingly daydreaming.
She wondered: why not channel this energy into art?
It is a beautiful way to pass time and age gracefully.
She decided to walk into Peace-Connect Cluster Operator (PeCCO), a nearby senior activity centre, and had a random meeting with the Cluster Manager of PeCCO on the same day. With her vision of these group of seniors leading their own hobby group, and equipped with her imaginary website of hope, she shared her dreams of creating an art community in the senior activity centre by conducting art classes.
We’re moving one tribe at a time, be it seniors or children. It will be a growing community filled with love and kampong spirit and we hope that you can be with us on this journey.
"To create a sustainable circular empowerment programme starting with the seniors in our neighbourhood."
Since July 2019, Artify Studio started Artribe in its space along Textile Centre. Starting with the seniors from a Senior Activity Centre in our neighbourhood, we have built a small group of lovely and conscientious individuals who are passionate about learning.
We introduced them to acrylic painting initially and they have since picked up watercolour and most recently, chalk pastel. With regular check-ins and sessions especially in this COVID-19 situation, our seniors have made rapid progress through lessons via video calls. We plan to continue building their confidence and gradually ease them into guiding others to do art as well.
About Artify Studio
Fronted by people-loving individuals who are passionate about art, we do not believe in "thinking out of the box" because we aren't limited by one in the first place. At Artify, we aim to cultivate a better learning culture through art and strongly believe that art is not a luxury but for everyone.
A room to others, a playground to us. We see our classrooms as a creative space to welcome new inventions and where fantasies come to life—some brought to paper, some even interpreted into patterns; a space where apples are purple and the seas are orange, complete with incredible stories and theories behind every handmade masterpiece.
We also believe that art is neither an occupation nor an industry; it can be done daily regardless of its form. No matter the level of experience an individual possess, everyone is warmly welcome into our studio.
Art is a form of expression. It keeps our curiosity running and our minds thinking.