Schizofriends Art Movement

Every person living with mental illness has to right to live an active and fulfilling life. The Schizofriends Art Movement creates dynamic experiences for persons living with schizophrenia. We provide psycho-social rehabilitation through art and psycho-education for the public.

Established by Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul), artists of Ketemu Project, the Schizofriends Art Movement harnesses both open-ended tasks and designed experiences as a form of collective empowerment for persons living with schizophrenia. The movement begun as a collaboration between Kabul and psychiatrist Dr Gst Rai Putra Wiguna sp.KJ, supported by a grant from the Mabesikan: Art for Social Change Project initiated by Search for Common Ground. Through a series of creative workshops held at Ketemu Project Space the participants were provided opportunities for expression and activities for them to develop a more vital relationship with reality. The workshops also enabled the community vocationally by providing skills for them to work and live more independently.

After a series of public campaigns, Rumah Berdaya, a psychosocial rehabilitation centre was founded in 2016 with the support of the local government. This flagship creative space for people living with schizophrenia is now independently run by a team of psychiatrists and the members of Komunitas Peduli Skizofrenia Indonesia (KPSI) Bali.