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OAP care home residents recreate classic artworks in sweet calendar

OAP care home residents recreate classic artworks in sweet calendar
Written by Noah Roy

Care home residents recreate classic works of art

The calendars will be on sale to raise money for the home (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

A care home has produced a calendar featuring all the old people posing in a series of photos inspired by famous portraits.

The clever recreations include classic works such as The Virgin In Prayer and American Gothic.

The elderly residents of MHA Brookfield each feature as a different month in classic paintings – such as ‘Evelyn Elizabeth Tudor’.

Staff at the Oxfordshire care facility created the 2022 calendar with the help of 14 OAPs.

Resident Andrew Reese, 57, who is on the cover of the calendar, says: ‘I really liked the style of my picture and it was good fun.

Brookfield care home resident Dave poses as Man with pipe by Amedeo Modigliant

Dave poses as Man with pipe by Amedeo Modigliani (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

Brookfield care home resident Evelyn as Elizabeth Tudor - next to the original artwork

Evelyn as Elizabeth Tudor (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

Brookfield care home resident Winter as Mary Seacole as painted by Albert Challen

Care home resident Winter as Mary Seacole as painted by Albert Challen (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

‘A table cloth and some fur was used for my costume and I really enjoyed being a part of this for the second time.’

Victoria Davidson, activity coordinator adds: ‘I am very impressed with how the pictures have come out.

Brookfield care home resident Bill and a painting by Reubens.

Bill and a painting by Reubens (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

Brookfield care home resident Catherine as the Virgin in prayer by Giovanni - next to the original artwork.

Catherine as the Virgin in prayer by Giovanni (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

Brookfield care home resident David poses as a self portrait by Cezanne - next to the original artwork

David poses as a self portrait by Cezanne (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

‘Those who volunteered to be a part were very excited and could not wait to see what the pictures looked like. We used a lot of our own equipment at the homes to make props and costumes and it was something we all really enjoyed.

‘The pictures have received a lot of interest, so we decided to put them up in the reception area and whenever we have people walking through they stop by and have a look.”

Brookfield care home resident Amina as a self portrait by Freda Kahlo.

Amina as a self portrait by Freda Kahlo (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

Brookfield care home resident Andy as a self portrait by Jan Van Eyck - next to the original artwork

Andy as a self portrait by Jan Van Eyck – next to the original artwork (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

Brookfield care home resident Ivy as Whistler's mother by James Whistler

Ivy as Whistler’s mother by James Whistler (Picture: Rebecca Phillipson/SWNS)

One of the home’s volunteers, Rebecca Phillipson, took and edited the photos.

The calendars will be on sale for £12 and can be purchased from reception at the home.

The home provides nursing and nursing dementia care for 66 residents in purpose-built, en-suite accommodation.

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