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Past exhibition

Take One Picture 2020

16 November 2020 – 31 January 2021

Admission free

Location: Sunley Room

While the exhibition may be temporarily closed, you can still explore the children's works online.

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See how children have been inspired by Men of the Docks

As part of our annual Take One Picture programme, primary schools from across the UK have responded creatively to George Bellows's 1912 painting, 'Men of the Docks'.

Depicting workers on the docks of New York's frozen East River, the skyscrapers of Manhattan and a vast ocean liner towering in the background, Bellows's painting was chosen for the cross-curricular themes and subjects which can be explored: from cities and 20th-century New York, to immigration, working animals, and the riverfront as a place of work. 

Featuring works by children from 37 different primary schools, the exhibition showcases the richness of children's creative responses to Bellows's painting – from model ships and polluted cityscapes to family interviews and letters home. 

Image above: Artwork by Year 5, West London Free School Primary

Exhibition generously supported by

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation


The Sunley Room exhibition programme is supported by the Bernard Sunley Foundation

With additional support from

Terra Foundation for American Art

Find out more

Take One Picture 2020

Take One Picture 2020

Explore the exhibition

See how children were inspired by George Bellows's 'Men of the Docks'
About Take One Picture

About Take One Picture

All you need to know about our Take One Picture programme and exhibitions
Take One Picture CPD sessions for teachers

Take One Picture CPD sessions for teachers

Find out what to expect from our CPD sessions for primary school teachers
Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes

Handy resources for teachers about our Take One Picture focus paintings