The project allowed the pupils to develop team-building skills and their understanding of other cultures. To have a practising artist come into schools and work with the students is a wonderful experience.Carmen Hannaby, teacher, Coloma Convent Girls’ School, London
Working with an artist or designer who has been trained by our lead artist Shona Watt, pupils learn and gather ideas that are channelled creatively into drawings, paintings, photographs and other visual media. These are transformed into a collection of large-scale works of art. The artworks are then curated and exhibited in galleries, along the River Thames walkway, schools across the UK and around the world in partner countries.
Since its creation in 2005, Rivers of the World has been delivered in thirty five countries around the world, currently including Malawi, Kenya, Palestine, Morocco, Ethiopia, Sudan, Lebanon, Tanzania & India and across the UK in London, Reading, Hull, Southend-on-Sea, Worcestershire, Exeter, Warrington, Halton, Peterborough, Stockton-on-Tees and Coventry. Students work with artist, trained by lead artist Shona Watt, to create beautiful river inspired artwork, which is displayed in exhibitions around the world. Explore our artists, schools, countries and work from previous years.
I really had a great time working on the Rivers of the World project, it built up my confidence and understanding of how to make use of the resources around us.Andrew Mutuma, pupil, Kafue Boys Secondary School
Check Out Rivers of the World Over the Years
Rivers of the World 2021: Teacher Led Project
In 2021 we launched new teacher resources which encouraged school partnerships to work collaboratively on a single piece of work.
Introduction to the Project Themes
The programme is taught around six themes designed to provoke ideas and discussion for wider cross-curricular learning
Rivers of Life
Encouraging schools to teach, think and talk about the features of rivers, learn outside the classroom, take part in fieldwork and explore habitats and wildlife found in and around rivers.
Exploring ways of unlocking the history of cities through studying the development of their major rivers. It encourages pupils to look closely at their own and other river cities and the impact they have on the people who lived and worked there in the past and present.
Focusing on how rivers continue to play an important role in the life of countries today and how developments beside them can trigger controversy and debate.
Exploring the importance of rivers as vital resources fed by the water cycle, that need to be preserved for current and future generations.
Exploring how rivers provide inspiration for arts and culture and contain ideas to show how schools can inspire their pupils to continue that legacy in the 21st century.
Looking at how our actions can damage the rivers we depend on and illustrating how schools can encourage their pupils to find ways to take action to help maintain this precious resource.