Draw for Life delivers dementia-friendly drawing sessions at Brooke Mead, a Brighton & Hove Seniors Housing Scheme which has been custom built to provide dementia-friendly residence. Led by Jane Fordham, the project explores drawing as a life-enhancing activity. Drawing is a powerful tool for personal expression and can improve general well-being.

“It’s the companionship that’s so important, and doing this gets the old brainbox going,

otherwise you get locked in.”

Inclusive to all, these workshops allow any participant, regardless of their drawing level, to express themselves free of judgement and use this artistic medium for a personal stimulating experience.

“It's good for concentration. I'm doing my best to concentrate. It's a beautiful arrangement” (while drawing a still life subject)


At its heart, the project aims to create a sociable space for participants to express themselves, meet new people and use drawing as a medium to observe the world around them in a new light.


“I just wanted to tell you I've had a nice day today. I've enjoyed myself.”