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Dr Tina Bailey - Using Art As Therapy In Bali's Prisons.

Updated: Nov 7




We talk with visual and performing artist, Dr Tina Bailey about her work, supporting one of the family's of the Bali 9 as they waited execution and how visual arts can be used to heal from traumatic situations.


Dr. Tina Bailey is a visual and performing artist and an Endorsed Interfaith Chaplain. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design as well as two Masters of Arts degrees of Communication and of Religious Education. She holds a Doctorate focusing on Art and Spiritual Formation. She is currently pursuing certification in Trauma informed Arts therapies as well.


Life in Asia and the plight of the oppressed have influenced her approach to arts and life. Tina has exhibited internationally and has multiple works in private collections. Her painting “Forgiven” was featured on the cover of the book “ Letting The Other Speak:” By Dr. Tracy Hartman.


Tina has incorporated visual and performing arts in response to traumatic situations, to the Bali bombings (dance), to the Asian tsunami and to her experiences with West African refugees and Refugee crisis in Iraq(visual arts). She holds workshops and leads contemplative retreats on creativity and imagination incorporating drama, dance, music, visual arts, improvisation and spirituality.


She mentors inmates to develop life skills through painting, drawing and dance in arts programs in two of Bali’s Prisons.


Since moving to Asia in 1996, she has studied several Indonesian forms of Visual arts and dance, including traditional Balinese painting, batik and Balinese gamelan music. “Lagu Maria”, a Balinese Gamelan composition for Ballet, was composed specifically for her based on the Magnificat. She regularly performs both together with gamelan musicians and as a member of improvisational formations.


In 2012, 2013, and 2015 she performed with Narwastu at the Bali Art Festival, the most prestigious art event in Bali Indonesia. In 2017 She collaborated with conductor Paulo Peroni to Choreograph a segment of Monteverdi’s “Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.”


Photos courtesy of Tina Bailey and her prison art therapy classes in Bali.





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