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Past exhibition

Take One Picture 2019

9 May – 11 August 2019

Admission free

Location: Sunley Room

See how children have been inspired by Joseph Wright 'of Derby'.

Every year, as part of our Take One Picture programme, we invite primary schools nationwide to focus on one of our paintings and respond creatively to its themes and subject matter, historical context, or composition. Take One Picture aims to inspire cross-curricular learning, as well as a lifelong love of art.

This year, schools have responded to Joseph Wright of Derby's An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump.

The painting was chosen for the wide range of subjects that are explored: the depiction of a scientific experiment and its entertainment value, the human drama happening in a night-time domestic setting, and the references to the Age of Enlightenment.

Featuring works by children from 31 different primary schools in a diverse range of media  from a multicoloured fabric print to wire sculptures  the exhibition showcases the richness of children's creative responses to Wright's painting.

Image above: Artwork by Year 2, Putnoe Primary School, Bedford. Photo © The National Gallery, London

Exhibition generously supported by

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation


The Sunley exhibition programme is supported by The Bernard Sunley Foundation

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