Thames Festival Trust awarded Arts Council England Strategic Touring Funding

by Chase High School with Sally Chinea

Announced today the Thames Festival Trust has been awarded £128,730 by Arts Council England to expand the Rivers of the World programme to more schools across the country and beyond.

Rivers of the World is the international art and education project from the Thames Festival Trust delivered in partnership with the British Council. Young people internationally are inspired by their local river environment and guided by professional artists to create huge artworks for public display.

With £128,730 National Lottery funding through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme, the project will expand next year to reach three areas in England and six countries overseas, working with over 3,000 pupils.

Joyce Wilson, London Area Director, Arts Council England, says:

“As part of the Totally Thames season of events in September, Rivers of the World reminds us that we are connected to the rest of the world, not just by land and sea, but by our ambitions, ideas and our creativity. I am pleased we have been able to support this strategic tour, and to share this connection with even more young people.”

Adrian Evans, Director Thames Festival Trust, says:

“Rivers of the World has a track record of inspiring young people in challenged environments for the potential for art in their lives. Arts Council England’s support through the Strategic Touring programme will enable us to extend the project into three new areas across England to inspire and work with young people to create new international river-themed art works that will be exhibited with partners for local communities to experience.”

You can see the current Rivers of the World exhibition, celebrated last night at City Hall and outside along the riverside pathway by the National Theatre, Tate Modern and More London until the end of September.

Main image by Chase High School, Essex with Sally Chinea