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We would like to offer your school the opportunity to take part in Rivers of the World: a free creative project for Key Stage Three pupils with a built-in link to an international secondary school.

Rivers of the World is an arts-based learning project linking schools around the world through the study of rivers.  Pupils work with professional arts facilitators to create collaborative artworks exploring the meaning of rivers in local and international city contexts.  The finished artworks are displayed in local galleries, on London’s South Bank as part of Totally Thames Festival and in each participating river city overseas.

How to get involved:

We have a limited number of places for schools in Liverpool. If you would like to take part please contact The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 4th December 2020.

The project is designed for Year 8 and 9 pupils. The project may be most suitable for Art, Geography and Science departments although we would be keen to explore links with other curriculum areas too. We are also able to adapt the programme to be delivered digitally, if school visits are not possible next year. 

The project may be most suitable for Art, Geography and Science departments although we would be keen to explore links with other curriculum areas too. We are also able to adapt the programme to be delivered digitally, if school visits are not possible next year. Please see the notes below for more detail.

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Metal Culture

Contact name:

Stef Bradley

Contact email:

Type of offer:

Visit into school Young people’s opportunity to make, create, compose, or perform Young people’s opportunity to visit, experience and participate in art or culture

Key Stage:




Session length:

Equivalent to 1 and a half days of artist- led workshops



Nature of activity or art form:

Visual art

Subject or curriculum focus:

Art & design Geography Science

Outcomes for children & young people:

Improved mental health and well-being Raised aspirations Raised attainment Social skills Global/international learning


Rivers of the World has a number of key stages:

  • Project training session – a digital session delivered for the participating teacher/s from your school. The purpose of this session is to meet the artist who will be coming into your school, learn more about the project and connect with other schools participating in the Rivers of the World project.
  • Link with an international school – your school will be partnered with a school in Mozambique, Ghana or Nepal and you will be provided with a page on an online platform to facilitate communication with your partner school. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a travel grant via the British Council to visit your partner school in the second year of the project.
  • Visit from international artist – the artist working in your partner country will be visiting the UK during a week in March 2021 and will schedule a visit to your school.
  • Practical art workshop – you will be given a river theme to base your artwork on and you will be asked to select up to 20 Year 8 or 9 pupils to take part in artist-led workshops delivered by a specialist artists in either in your school. The project can be adapted to be delivered digitally if in school visits are not possible.
  • Exhibition of artwork and invite to a Private View event – your artwork will be exhibited at a location in Liverpool and along the river Thames in London as part of the Totally Thames Festival over the month of September. Participating students and teachers will also be invited to a special exhibition viewing event.

Rivers of the World is now in its fifteenth year and is delivered in partnership with the British Council.

The programme runs for two years. In the first year you will be working with a professional artist in school and basing your research and artwork on your local river. In the second year you will be asked to complete the artwork process with your pupils based on the study of your partner river.

Rivers of the World is a starting point for an international link that will evolve. Although primarily an art project, international links can be developed across a number of curriculum areas and teachers may have the opportunity to participate in reciprocal visits to their partner school to develop collaborative projects.  Rivers of the World can help schools work towards the International School Award and Arts Award.