How nursing homes have transformed its residents into classic works of art

Now it’s an old master! How nursing homes have transformed its residents into classic works of art

  • Oxford Nursing Home has taken photos of residents recreating famous paintings and created a calendar for 2022
  • 14 Elderly Residents Volunteered to Join MHA Brookfield’s 2022 Calendar to Raise Money for Creative Activities
  • Residents have embraced art since arriving at the home, which provides nursing and dementia care to 66
  • Recreated paintings include works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani

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Fundraising calendars often feature ordinary people stripping off their birthday suits.

But the residents of a nursing home in Oxford have – perhaps more classically – done the opposite and dressed up to pose for photos that recreate famous paintings.

Wearing borrowed costumes and used makeshift props, 14 elderly residents volunteered to join MHA Brookfield’s 2022 calendar to raise money for creative activities.

Andrew Reese, 57, who is the cover star of a re-creation of a self-portrait of Jan van Eyck, said: ‘A tablecloth and some fur were used for my costume. I really enjoyed being a part of this – it was fun. ‘

Activity Coordinator Victoria Davidson said the photos’ just make you smile ‘and added:’ We had seen the idea online and thought it would be a great way to have fun. It will help raise funds for future activities in the home. ‘

The photos were taken by volunteer Rebecca Phillipson, who photoshopped them into the background of the original paintings.

Miss Davidson described how residents Win and Bob got their costumes for Grant Woods American Gothic, saying, ‘They’re wearing my dad’s shirt, my brother – in – law’s jacket, my partner’s pants, my daughter’s glasses and an old tabard we found in a closet. They loved it. ‘

Many residents have taken art to ‘relax and unwind’ since arriving at the home, which provides care and dementia care to 66, Miss Davidson said.

She added that the calendars for £ 12 had sold ‘like hot bread’.

The restored paintings include works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as a portrait of Elizabeth I from the late 16th century.

Residents of a nursing home in Oxford have dressed up to take pictures recreating famous paintings.  Andy, a resident of a nursing home in Brookfield, is depicted as a self-portrait of Jan Van Eyck - next to the original work of art

Residents of a nursing home in Oxford have dressed up to take pictures recreating famous paintings. Andy, a resident of a nursing home in Brookfield, is depicted as a self-portrait of Jan Van Eyck – next to the original work of art

The restored paintings include works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as a portrait of Elizabeth I from the late 16th century.  Resident Bill is shown along with a painting by Reubens

The restored paintings include works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as a portrait of Elizabeth I from the late 16th century. Resident Bill is shown along with a painting by Reubens

Wearing borrowed costumes and using makeshift props, 14 elderly residents volunteered to join MHA Brookfield's 2022 calendar to raise money for creative activities.

Wearing borrowed costumes and using makeshift props, 14 elderly residents volunteered to join MHA Brookfield’s 2022 calendar to raise money for creative activities.

Activity Coordinator Victoria Davidson said the photos' just make you smile 'and added:' We had seen the idea online and thought it would be a great way to have fun.  It will help raise funds for future activities in the home. '  Resident Amina is pictured with a self-portrait of Freda Kahlo

Activity Coordinator Victoria Davidson said the photos’ just make you smile ‘and added:’ We had seen the idea online and thought it would be a great way to have fun. It will help raise funds for future activities in the home. ‘ Resident Amina is pictured with a self-portrait of Freda Kahlo

Many residents have taken art to 'relax and unwind' since arriving at the home, which provides care and dementia care to 66, Miss Davidson said.  Anica as a young woman with parrot by Frederic Tschaggeny

Many residents have taken art to ‘relax and unwind’ since arriving at the home, which provides care and dementia care to 66, Miss Davidson said. Anica as a young woman with parrot by Frederic Tschaggeny

The restored paintings include works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as a portrait of Elizabeth I from the late 16th century.

The restored paintings include works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Frida Kahlo and Amedeo Modigliani, as well as a portrait of Elizabeth I from the late 16th century.

Miss Davidson added that the 12-pound calendars had sold 'like hot cakes'.  Dave poses as Man with pipe by Amedeo Modigliani next to the original artwork

Miss Davidson added that the 12-pound calendars had sold ‘like hot cakes’. Dave poses as Man with pipe by Amedeo Modigliani next to the original artwork

Barbara as a portrait of Irina Maximovich by Alfred Eberling.  MHA Brookfield nursing home in Little Bury, Greater Leys, has made the calendar for the coming year

Barbara as a portrait of Irina Maximovich by Alfred Eberling. MHA Brookfield nursing home in Little Bury, Greater Leys, has made the calendar for the coming year

Resident Winter as Mary Seacole as painted by Albert Challen.  Residents dressed up to try to match famous paintings from previous years, which include Victorian-themed paintings: 'The Virgin in Prayer', 'American Gothic' by Grant Wood and 'Evelyn Elizabeth Tudor'

Resident Winter as Mary Seacole as painted by Albert Challen. Residents dressed up to try to match famous paintings from previous years, which include Victorian-themed paintings: ‘The Virgin in Prayer’, ‘American Gothic’ by Grant Wood and ‘Evelyn Elizabeth Tudor’

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