Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is pleased to again support the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’learning programme and exhibition. This year’s free exhibition will run from 9 May until 11 August.
Take One Picture invites primary schools to focus on one of the National Gallery’s paintings and to respond creatively to its themes, subject matter, historical context, or composition. Schools are encouraged to use the focus painting to inspire cross-curricular work over the school year and submit their work for consideration for the exhibition. The source of inspiration for the 2019 exhibition was An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) by Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’.
Alison Jefferis, Head of Corporate Affairs at Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Chair of Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, said: “The rich variety of works presented in this year’s exhibition attests to the strength of the programme – from a multicoloured fabric print of birdcages to large paper wings with colour-coded feathers showing the different emotions linked to the painting, and plans drawn for imaginative machines invented by the students. Take One Picture inspires teachers and children to interpret the same painting in myriad different ways and encourages collaboration and teamwork among students to deliver their best work”.
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said: “Take One Picture is a highlight of the National Gallery’s schools programme, inspiring children up and down the country to engage with masterpieces from our collection. Motivated by cross-curricular learning, the children’s work displayed in this exhibition shows just how much learning and creativity can come from taking just one picture. We are grateful to Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Columbia Threadneedle Foundation for their ongoing support of this wonderful programme.”