Every year, magnificent, large-scale artworks created by students in river cities around the world add colour, culture and dazzle to the South Bank’s riverside walkways. The works are produced as part of Rivers of the World, the Thames Festival Trust’s international art and education project, delivered in partnership with the British Council.
More than 2,000 young people in schools around the world are linked with their peers in London by exploring a common theme: their river. Professional artists work with the students to research their city’s waterway and help them create unique collaborative artworks that go on to be displayed in high footfall areas beside the rivers they celebrate. This year, the 500th art work will be created with the Mississippi as its subject by students in New Orleans, devastated in 2005 when a massive storm surge generated by Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 per cent of the city. In 2014, 24 secondary schools in London have partnered with 8 schools in New Orleans (USA), 8 in Taipei (Taiwan), and 8 in Jhelum (Pakistan).
- Thames Festival Trust