Submerge yourself in Rivers of the World artwork from Exeter & Malawi
This week we are spotlighting Rivers of the World artworks from schools in Malawi and Exeter. These two regions were partnered this year along with Palestine & Barking & Dagenham and Worcestershire & Kenya to learn about their local river through a cross-curricular programme delivered in partnership with the British Council. Working with professional artists the children and young people created large scale artworks that have exhibited in London, Exeter and then next month in Worcester and around the world.
Artists Becci Eriksson and Gaby Lovatt worked with students in six secondary schools, and focused on the pollution, flooding and wildlife of the River Exe. The artists used mixed and tactile media to create artworks with the students.
Behind the Artwork
Students from Steiner Academy Exeter created this artwork referencing medieval merchants and Countess Isabella de Fortibus, who built a weir at the edge of the city in the 13th century. The students used photography and mono-printing techniques to create medieval headshot portraits of themselves, re-working the idea of a 'selfie'.
“I was aware of the importance of caring for our river but didn't know quite how bad things were. I will now always try and stop pollution. It has been an amazing experience.”
“The project has stretched me artistically, it has been great to re-discover techniques and media I hadn't used for a while and it's been lovely to share well used old favourites!”
Artists Akulu Lipenga and Macpherson Ndalama worked in six secondary schools in Malawi, and helped students to research tales from the river and different uses of rivers in Malawi and used their findings as the basis for their artworks.
Behind the artwork
Students at Balaka Secondary School were asked to research the types of buildings found in the river city Liwonde. Each student made a clay building in the city so that they could collectively recreate their own Liwonde River City.
This project has taught me that there is more to the river than just water and fish. We learnt that our town is here because of the river.