About Lucy Shaw, certified Painting-Play practitioner

IMG_3344Lucy was born into a family with a tradition of creativity and love of the arts, including world-class painters, wood-turners, art gallery curators, musicians and patented inventors. Growing up in the vibrant city of Edinburgh, Scotland, she developed a keen interest in the arts, throwing herself into a vast array of music, theatre, art, craft and design projects.

At Durham (UK) and Bordeaux (France) Universities, she studied French, Japanese, East Asian Studies and the Theory of Arts, while remaining active on stage and as a creative artist.

In 2000, she was selected by the British and Japanese governments for a teaching and cultural exchange post in rural Japan. She took advantage of this unique opportunity to study Ikebana, Taiko and Koto, performing in many concerts with traditional ensembles and the duo, “Made in World”. She co-organized the first international charity music festival of Yuya town, “World is 1”, which continues to this day.

It was love that took Lucy to Geneva, Switzerland. In 2003, she and her husband, formed the group “Tiger the Lion”, and recorded three albums of original music, performing throughout Switzerland, France and the UK. She was also responsible for much of the artwork and web design used to promote the band.

She worked for UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education and then taught at The International School of Geneva from 2005 to 2019, where she reveled in being able to share her knowledge and passion for the arts with Primary and Middle School students. She became increasingly interested in the relationship between student-artist and teacher-artist and the importance of freedom and play in the creative process.

In 2013 Lucy was awarded the Jury’s Prize in Ville-La-Grand’s annual regional art fair. Her art work has been exhibited in various solo and group shows since then.

In 2019, she embarked upon a new adventure with her family in Singapore. This was the perfect moment in time to pour all her energy and conviction into creating a special place for people of all ages to be able to express themselves without the constraint of judgement. “No Comment” is her heartfelt interpretation of Arno Stern’s “Jeu de Peindre” – (or “Painting-Play” in English).

In her role as a certified “praticien-servant du jeu de peindre” (Painting-Play practitioner), Lucy facilitates the free and uninterrupted creativity of all the participants in the studio.


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