Check out this year's Rivers of the World artwork from Barking & Dagenham and Palestine
This year our arts and education programme Rivers of the World worked in three new regions including Barking & Dagenham, Exeter and Worcestershire and in Kenya, Malawi and Palestine overseas. Young people from Barking & Dagenham and Palestine were partnered to learn about their local river through a cross-curricular programme where they created large scale artworks that were exhibited here and internationally. Next year the young people will learn about their partners river, check out the stunning work created by these two regions below...
BARKING & DAGENHAM
Students in Barking & Dagenham worked with lead artist Shona Watt in workshops using historical illustrations, festivals, riverside developments and migratory birds as inspiration to create fantastical artworks from gloves, skulls, clay and sequins.
BEHIND THE ARTWORK
This artwork was created by students at Barking Abbey School in response to the threat fast food outlets and consequence of fats collecting in sewers pose to the Thames. They took inspiration from memento mori and from Ariel's song from Shakespeare's The Tempest to turn fast food into 'something rich and strange'.
“I really enjoyed how everyone could put all types of ideas into their work and how it then all came together to form one amazing piece”
“Rivers of the World provides students with vital opportunities to experiment and surprise themselves in an immersive experience of different artforms and cultures ”
Students in Jericho, Palestine, worked with multidisciplinary artist Amer Shomali to create artwork focusing on the 'lost river', as Palestinians no longer have acess to the River Jordan. They researched plants that once grew along the river, stones that used to be dug up from the riverbed and problems they used to face daily due to lack of water supplied to their territories.
BEHIND THE ARTWORK
This artwork created by Aqabet Jaber Basic Boys School in Jericho, Palestine, was inspired by the fact that distribution of water to Israeli settlements is five times greater than water supplied to Palestinians. The artwork represents their dry valley and empty river juxtaposed with the flourishing trees on the other side.
“We enjoyed the workshop as it tackled contemporary issues that we live with every day in the camp: lack of water and drought, issues the world should pay attention to. We managed to take our ideas and translate them into a beautiful meaningful artwork.”
“The workshop was great and our work was beautiful, tackling our heritage. I would love it to be exhibited all over the world to show people our beautiful culture and what happened to us.”