Rivers of the World exhibition explores what rivers mean to young people around the world

Rivers as seen through the eyes of young people is the subject of an exhibition which explores and expresses what rivers mean to communities around the world.

Rivers of the World, which runs at the Oxo Tower Gallery from today (Wednesday 29 August) until 9 September, showcases artwork from young people from Barking & Dagenham, Exeter, Worcestershire, Kenya, Malawi, Palestine, Bromley & Bexley, Hull, Reading, Nepal, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Rivers of the World is an international art and education project delivered in partnership with the British Council that connects pupils around the globe to their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning and themes. It has worked with 30,000 12-14 year olds across the UK and in 30 countries around the world to inspire young people about rivers through art and creativity.

The two-year programme involves the pupils in the first year learning about their local river and in the second about a river in another country. Rivers of the World encourages young people to explore and reflect on local and global issues and perspectives to build the skills they need for life and work in a global society.

Working with an artist or designer, who has been trained by lead artist Shona Watt, pupils learn and gather ideas that are channelled creatively into drawings, paintings, photographs and other visual media which result in the creation of a collective large-scale work of art.

The artworks are then curated and exhibited in galleries, along the River Thames walkway, schools across the UK and around the world in partner countries.

Rivers of the World exhibition coincides with the month-long Totally Thames Festival, which celebrates London’s iconic river.

Image: © Ed Stone

Rivers of the World

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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