ati Art Therapy Initiative


ATI is an independent art therapy project based in London and Hong Kong, working in contexts of political violence, natural disasters, trauma and social upheaval. ATI was founded in 1994 by Debra Kalmanowitz and Bobby Lloyd who continue to co-lead the project. In addition to clinical practice, ATI regularly develops and runs workshops, seminars, consultation, supervision and training.

ATI has worked with Goldsmiths College, London University; War Child; the Bosnian Support Trust; the Art Works Trust and the University of Durban Wesrtville (South Africa); Save the Children and DFID (Department for International Development) in Kosovo; the Bayswater Families Centre in London, Art Refuge UK in Nepal and Christian Action in Hong Kong. To date, ATI has worked in Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Kosovo, Nepal, South Africa, Hong Kong and the UK.

In 2007 ATI conducted a small piece of Research for Save the Children US, looking into ‘the state of the art’ in art and art therapy programmes across the Save the Children Alliance and in the wider field in contexts of conflict, HIV/AIDS and chronic poverty.

ATI is currently working with asylum seekers and refugees in Hong Kong and continues with consultation and supervision of artists and art therapists undertaking community projects both locally and internationally across the humanitarian field.

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