London based artist Shona Watt has been the lead artist for Rivers of the World since its inception. Shona is known for creating spectacular flags that have been seen worldwide, from the opening of the Millennium Footbridge in London to the opening of the Melbourne Museum in Australia. After attending Ravensbourne College of Art she received a Northern Arts Award (1996) and a Craft Council Award (1997). Major art commissions include The Millennium Footbridge, Hungerford Footbridge, The London Eye and Melbourne Museum, Australia.
"Rivers of the World provides students with vital opportunities to experiment and surprise themselves in an immersive experience of different art forms and cultures, which would not be available through the standard curriculum. The project is a wonderful way of demystifying some creative industries, while providing a glimpse into career opportunities that might otherwise be overlooked."