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Drawing Life – art for people living with dementia

Sussex-based charity Drawing Life has held hundreds of life drawing classes for people in care homes. Here, chief executive Judy Parkinson outlines the benefits of life drawing for people with dementia

Picasso said it took him a lifetime to learn to paint like a child.  Drawing Life puts this deliberately provocative statement to the test by working with people with nearly a lifetime behind them, and who are living with dementia and other age-related issues. 

I set up Drawing Life five years ago by merging two different interests: life drawing and memory.  I have spent many an hour sketching in life drawing classes and have also written a best-selling book about mnemonics, or memory devices, titled ‘I Before E, except after C’.

With National Lottery funding I gathered a team of professional artists and models and knocked on the doors of care homes in my hometown Hastings, and lately further afield, and we have been welcomed with open arms. 

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