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Care home artwork selected for online art gallery exhibition

Elizabeth Court resident Rhona Rawson with her painting

Paintings and artwork created by 90 Anchor residents have been showcased online as part of yesterday’s National Day of Arts in Care Homes.

The residents were thrilled to hear their artwork had been selected for an online gallery on the Anchor and the Arts in Care Homes Day websites, which is focusing on how art has been used to keep care settings connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gwendoline Sneezum, 97, from Oakleigh in Godstone, Surrey, said: “It’s the first time my artwork has ever been displayed publicly so I feel flattered that my painting has been selected.

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“I’ve been painting for more than 10 years but only started to get back into it as Oakleigh has a weekly art class which has helped improve my technique. I enjoy painting because it lets me be free and creative with my ideas.”

Art is so central to Wetherby Manor in Wetherby that residents and staff had been working on a variety of artwork for their own exhibition with the conservatory being turned into a walk-through gallery which was officially opened at a Champagne reception to mark National Day of Arts in Care Homes.

And as part of the national event, the family of fellow resident Rhona Rawson (pictured) donated 20 of her paintings which are currently being displayed altogether on one corridor in Elizabeth Court in Caterham. They will be divided up and mounted in different areas of the home so Rhona and the other residents and staff can enjoy looking at them.

Rhona, 91, said: “I’m delighted to see my paintings, particularly the one of the four seated men, being displayed for everyone to see.”

The online gallery of older people’s artwork can be view on www.anchorhanover.org.uk/arts-in-care-homes-day.

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