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Rivers of the World

We would like to offer schools in Liverpool 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.

Rivers of the World has a number of key stages:

  • Project training session – a Zoom workshop, involving art teacher/s from your school, the purpose of this session is to meet other schools and the artist who will be coming into your school as well as to learn more about the project.
  • Link with an international school – your school will be partnered with a school in Zimbabwe 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.
  • 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 your school.
  • 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. You will be invited to attend evening reception events both locally and in central London during this time.
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Thames Festival Trust

Contact name:

kate forde



Type of offer:

Digital/online activity or resource Visit into school CPD/training/creative opportunity for teachers 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:

Full day

Nature of activity or art form:

Exhibition Film / digital art Visual art

Subject or curriculum focus:

Art & design Citizenship Geography

Outcomes for children & young people:

Improved mental health and wellbeing Raised aspirations Raised attainment Learning about equality and diversity Future work: careers/employability skills Global/international learning