Rivers of the World is the Thames Festival Trust’s flagship art and education project delivered in partnership with the British Council.
The project produces fabulous artworks that are inspired by River Themes. These artworks are created through an extended workshop process which is contextualised by trips to the local river and other environmental studies. Under guidance from a professional artist, the students work collegiately, often using media and techniques that will be new to them. The end result is a single work of art made with contributions from the whole student group.
Rivers of the World links participating secondary schools in the UK with partner schools in developing countries around the world. All pupils go through the same creative process and by doing so, they are encouraged to empathise with their partner students. The 2021, partnerships are:
- Greenwich + Accra (Ghana)
- Boston + Kathmandu (Nepal)
- Liverpool + Mashonaland West (Zimbabwe)
- Tees Valley + Beirut (Lebanon)
- Coventry + Dar es Salaam & Bagamoyo (Tanzania)
- Hounslow + Kerala (India)
In addition, schools from Northumberland and Ethiopia and North East England and Afghanistan took part in a new teacher-led initiative and produced collaborative artworks following a newly commissioned resource.
Because of international lockdowns, the work has been generated both at home and in school, showing artist’s and young people’s strength of spirit and imagination in the face of Covid-19.