Life drawings exhibition by Hastings dementia residents

A life drawing by Hastings Court Care Home resident Janet Hemsley
A life drawing by Hastings Court Care Home resident Janet Hemsley

An exhibition of life drawings by people with dementia will be open at a care home from Saturday (December 19).

Hastings Court Care Home residents have been painting a model in classes run by Drawing Life’s Judy Parkinson, art teacher Robert Sample and life model Mike Mitchell.

Doris Jones' life-drawing

Doris Jones' life-drawing

The scheme is backed by the Big Lottery Fund and apparently, helps the residents’ calmness and wellbeing.

Paresh Malhotra, a neurologist from Charing Cross Hospital, attended a class to examine motor-skills and visuo-spatial attention in people with dementia.

He thinks the project has a lot of value with repeated engagement, the concentration and the wellbeing it induces.

“It is so much better than doing something passive like watching television,” he said.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an ambient song made entirely of sound effects recorded by Keith Rodway during the classes.

For more details contact Judy on 07768 633755.

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