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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. 

For the 2020 exhibition, schools responded to 'Men of the Docks' by George Bellows. 

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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, 'Men of the Docks' 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.

Children's works 

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

Download the PDF of works in the exhibition including full descriptions about each work.

Download Family Trail activities, created by our Young Producers, and inspired by some of the children's works.

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Exhibition generously supported by

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation

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


With additional support from