The Open Studio

The Open Studio at MAGIS is a regular space and time to explore and cultivate a personal creative process. We created this space with the belief that the expressive arts can help reintegrate the therapeutic capacity in our day-to-day, through our personal experiences, the experience of community, and journeying with others.

The Open Studio is run weekly by artists and expressive arts therapists. No prior creative arts experience is necessary, only a willingness to engage in the creative process and an openness to surprises. Curiosity is very much welcome in this creative sanctuary.

Session objectives

  • Provide a shared space for exploring creativity and art making for healing and discovering new dimensions of well being
  • Provide opportunity for cultivating a personal creative process and holistic practice, integrating all senses and parts of the body, interconnecting all mediums
  • Provide a regular space and time to process emotions, reactivating our sense of agency and ability to respond to life experiences

Session Details

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sessions will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session.

Registration Fee

International payments accepted at USD14/session, and will be coordinated upon registration


Materials needed

Prepare any materials you have available and want to use. You may be inspired to use anything within your home environment, including objects.


Arty Catalyste (Tiff Chan)
Expressive Arts Therapist

Tiff specialises in an embodied, and resource-oriented, method of intermodal decentering (IDEC©), with particular focus on using Expressive Arts Therapy practices to process and transform experiences of anxiety, depression, suicidality, and grief; into hope, inspiration, understanding, growth, self compassion and resilience. As a highly sensitive and intuitive empath, her emphasis on the connection to the client, matched with a deep fluency in a full range of art forms, has effectively facilitated psycho-emotional shifts with each individual’s openness to creative engagement. She runs the Open Studio group at MAGIS which is a more relaxed, weekly gathering that supports the group’s individual creative process in whichever medium they choose, with guidance and inspiration in shaping their practice when asked.

She began as a multidisciplinary artist in all main art forms including visual arts, dance, poetry, music and theatre, yet realised her true calling was to use her deep fluency in the art forms to inspire and facilitate the arts in others for healing, transformation and self discovery. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art from Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art several years before she graduated from her Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with Distinction from the European Graduate School (EGS) in Switzerland and Hong Kong, for which she also trained at The CREATE Institute in Toronto, Canada, seeking especially to train with the pioneers of the field. 

She has volunteered internationally, and worked with clients of all ages and walks of life, individually as well as in groups, ranging from the neurotypical, to mentally and physically impaired in-patients; from adults aspiring to enhance their creativity for well-being, to toddlers, children and youth with anxiety, depression, and issues socialising. 

Miguel Sison
BFA, MArch

Miguel has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts majoring in Sculpture and a Masters Degree in Architecture, both from Parsons School of Design, New York.

Currently he is concentrating on free-form creation and artistic activities such as painting and multi-media sculpture pieces over the rigor of Architectural, Interior and Landscaping practices. As an artist, Miguel believes that all posses the innate desire to create whether it manifest in physical, psychological and emotional forms.

Miguel’s goal, whenever involved in any form of sharing of artistic technique or modalities, is to break barriers and constructs that restrict one self from true expression and honesty.

Franchie Lagmay

Franchie is an Art Therapist registered with ANZACATA, and a professional Multidisciplinary Visual Artist. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communication, and obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Art Therapy in LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore. Her work as a Creatives Associate at MAGIS allows her to collaborate to advocate mental health and reducing the stigma behind mental conditions and therapy.

With LASALLE’s program partnered and certified with Goldsmiths, University of London, Franchie is trained in Psychodynamic Art Psychotherapy, with a variety of clinical placements allowing her to work with clients and patients of all ages from different walks of life. In addition, with her continuing practice as a Multidisciplinary Visual Artist, she is also able to bring a holistic approach not only to her design work, but also to her therapeutic processes.