We're looking for artists to lead workshops for our arts education project The Story of Water

Photo: Ed Stone

The Thames Festival Trust is looking for artists or designers to deliver the visual art based workshops for our new education project The Story of Water in 6 Newham primary schools.

Since 1997, the Thames Festival Trust has entranced and engaged audiences in excess of 10 million through our annual outdoor festival Totally Thames, which prior to 2014 was called The Thames Festival. We have worked with 110,000 children and young people across London, the UK and the world, commissioned 506 art projects, engaged with 460 organisations on river-inspired programmes and delved into the River Thames rich heritage and archaeology to improve access and increase diversity across the arts, culture and heritage sectors.


The Story of Water is a new art and geography based project designed to inspire teachers through creativity while meeting National Curriculum objectives in Geography at KS2. It has local and international ‘water’ and ‘river’ themes and involves a whole year group of Year 3 to 6 Key Stage 2 pupils. Schools are also paired with a partner school overseas.

The Story of Water involves the creation of an artwork or installation that is made collaboratively by all the pupils in the year group. The work is water-themed and could integrate the culture of their overseas partner school.

Each year group is to create one joint high quality artwork/ installation for the school. The overall aim of the project is to push the pupils’ abilities and to inspire the teachers to apply arts based learning through other topics in future teaching.

The artist will lead workshops working with the pupils to create these impressive large-scale works.


To apply for this role, please read the job description and person specification below, and send your CV, a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and what you feel you could bring to the project, up to 5 images of your work or work you have done with children, along with the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to Kate Forde: k.forde@thamesfestival.org by midday on Friday 3 May.