The National Gallery’s prestigious Take One Picture competition often attracts over 1000 entries each year. Following Moreton First’s wonderful achievements in the 2015 competition, we were overjoyed for our work to be once again selected for the 2016 summer exhibition in London. A small number of successful entries are chosen after several months of scrutiny by artists and educators. We were fortunate to have three Year 5 & 6 projects selected for this final process, with Gallery representatives visiting Moreton to collect our work.
It was the Year 5 oversized ceramic shoes that were eventually chosen for the exhibition. Ambitious in scale, they just about fitted into our kiln. They represented the children’s response to an 18th Century painting by Gainsborough, ‘Mr and Mrs Andrews’. The glazed shoes were the final outcome but the entries demonstrated the whole process. From trying shoes on from the drama cupboard to learning about how shoes illustrate history from our visiting shoe conservator, including 200 year-old silk and calf-skin shoes. Additional sketchbook drawings, printing, imaginary shoe designs and research of glass buckles were also included.