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Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is pleased to sponsor the ‘Take One Picture’ programme and exhibition at the National Gallery in London for the third year. This year’s free exhibition will run from 2 December 2020 until 31 January 2021.

Take One Picture is the National Gallery’s flagship primary schools programme. Each year the Gallery chooses one painting from the collection to inspire primary classrooms countrywide. The challenge is then for schools to use the image imaginatively, both as a stimulus for artwork, and for work in more unexpected curriculum areas. This year the National Gallery has selected Men of the Docks (1912) by George Bellows, which depicts a wintry river landscape in New York, as the source of inspiration.

Each year a display of work produced by schools based on the painting is then shown at the National Gallery, and a selection is published on the National Gallery website. This year’s exhibition includes works from 37 schools from across England, ranging from model ships and towering skyscrapers to family interviews and letters home, exploring topical themes such as immigration, global trade and work.

Alison Jefferis, Head of Corporate Affairs at Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Chair of Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, said: “We are delighted to once again support this innovative and long running children’s education programme. Take One Picture is a fantastic example of the power of art to not only educate and inspire, but to provide a vehicle to raise pupils’ self-esteem, celebrate their creativity and build connections with the wider school community. Developing their analytical understanding to interpret the various aspects of an artwork, helps children develop their skills for future life. We are proud to be involved in such an impactful scheme for primary school children.”

Karen Eslea, Head of Learning and National Programmes at the National Gallery, said: “The young artists involved in Take One Picture are hugely inspiring, and can help us all to reflect on the National Gallery’s collection to unlock ideas and themes that are relevant to our lives today.”