Centenary is inspiration for 
care home residents’ artworks

A panel showing some of the artwork produced by residents of Oakdene nursing home EMN-141118-115047001
A panel showing some of the artwork produced by residents of Oakdene nursing home EMN-141118-115047001

Works of art produced by residents of a care home in Sleaford are featured in a special exhibition in the town.

Oakdene Care Home was invited by Lincolnshire County Council to take part in a project called ‘Guidelines for Art’ which makes art available for all.

Oakdene residents Sheila, John, Eileen and Phyllis with their artwork. EMN-141118-144052001

Oakdene residents Sheila, John, Eileen and Phyllis with their artwork. EMN-141118-144052001

Sonia Harris, activities co-ordinator at the home said: “We have a very enthusiastic and talented volunteer who comes in to Oakdene on a weekly basis and she and I work with some of the residents to do watercolour paintings using stencils and instructions provided by the project.

“We have extended this by producing our own watercolours based on the centenary of the First World War. The results have been fantastic and the residents are amazed at what they are capable of producing.

“I contacted the Carre Gallery on Carre Street and they very kindly offered to exhibit our work.”

The exhibition can be seen at the Carre Gallery until Saturday.

Gallery director, Martin Cameron, said: “The gallery is very pleased to support this local project and we hope that visitors will enjoy the work and find inspiration in the images and the ethos of the exhibition.”

As well as paintings, there are some glass pieces made by the residents under the guidance of glass artist Liz Pearson, a former winner of the Carre Gallery Summer Exhibition.