Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House were proud to make their debut at this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival (4 May – 3 June), which sets out to stimulate, educate and entertain a diverse range of people through a wide variety of art forms.
The Brighton based residential care home has organised ‘Flourish’ arts events before but this was the first run as part of the Brighton Festival.
The day of stimulating arts activities with the theme Creativity by the Sea, saw over 50 people of all ages participate in interactive arts activities from puppetry and gardening, to silk painting and music. Ten residents from Hyman Fine House were joined by local residents of Swanborough House as well as volunteers, relatives and facilitating artists at the event held in the Yellow Beach Cafe.
The event was also an opportunity to showcase the creative work produced by residents of Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House.
Hyman Fine House resident, Alan Bass, commented, “I’d like to say a special thank you to Mark and Natasha for organising this wonderful event, this has been a very special day, lovely company, lots to do and a great location.”
Home Manager, Natasha Carson added, “This has been an extra special event as this is our first year as part of the Brighton fringe. As far as I know we are the only care home to have an event in the Brighton festival. Many of our residents are living with dementia. Arts is a great way to engage them in activities they have always enjoyed doing as well as new opportunities. We have a very creative group of people living in our home and its lovely for them to be able to show their work in public at an event for all the community.”
Art facilitator Hannah Hill, agreed. “This was a lovely gathering, it’s good to be with other creative people and share ideas, a real sense to being part of the community. I was facilitating a group making butterfly puppets and it was nice to have such a varied group of people taking part including some very talented artists who live at Hyman Fine House and their relatives.”
Photos by Ewa Mikraut, who also works with Hyman Fine residents in art and photography projects throughout the year.