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Rivers of The World Project

Highly acclaimed international art project comes to The Hive.

By: Andrew Bright | Arts, Dance, Ensembles, Featured, Featured Pupils, Featured Schools | November 7, 2018

Worcestershire Arts Partnership, along with Severn Arts, are proud to be involved in the Rivers of the World Project, which connects local schools with artists to explore the relationship between rivers and the communities that have grown up around them. The work produced will be showcased at the Hive from 16th – 29th November and we invite everyone to come along and see the fantastic work that has been produced.

St Egwin’s CE Middle School, Pershore High School, Tenbury High School, Tudor Grange Academy, Nunnery Wood High School and Blackminster Middle School worked with two artists – glass artist Sarah Brown and digital photography wizard Pete Ashton – to produce amazing digitally produced panels, which will be on display along with panels created by schools in the UK and around the world. The works explore river-related themes including wildlife, pollution and recreation.

The exhibition opens with a private view on 15th November, featuring musical performances from the Worcestershire Youth String Orchestra and a specially produced dance piece by DanceFest.

The project also includes an Artist Development workshop, “Biophillia and Art” with Jamie Jackson from Salt Road, on Tuesday 27th November from 6-8pm at the Hive. As part of the workshop, artists will co-create work based on their creative responses to rivers and water. Places are FREE, but must be booked in advance. Email [email protected] to apply for a place.

About the Project

Supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Rivers of the World will bring its arts based learning programme for young people to three river-based regions across England.

Rivers of the World is an international art and education programme from the Thames Festival Trust delivered in partnership with the British Council. Working in Barking & Dagenham, Exeter and Worcestershire the project will engage six new secondary schools in each region and partner with schools in Palestine, Malawi and Kenya. The two year programme encourages pupils to learn about their local river in the first year and about a river in their partner country overseas in the second year.

Taking an arts-based learning model the project trains and supports schools with a cross-curricular programme, places professional artists in schools and partners them with an international school. The children and young people engage and learn about their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning and themes to create large-scale river-inspired artworks. Rivers of the World will bring a high-quality touring art exhibition to raise the profile of work by children and young people, spotlighting the importance and vitality of rivers.

Laura Worsfold, Business Development Manager, The Hive, Worcester said: The Rivers of the World is a great arts project for us to be a part of, particularly because The River Severn acts as a source of energy for The Hive. It will be wonderful to see the creativity of the local Worcestershire children after they have worked with the artists when the final piece is exhibited at The Hive.

For more information, visit the Rivers of the World website.

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