Rivers of the World
Rivers of the World is an international art and education project delivered in partnership with the British Council and Thames Festival Trust that connects pupils around the globe to their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning and themes. Barking Abbey School and the Art Department have been proud to have been involved in the project for over 8 years.
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. This year pupils made work in relation to two themes; the global issue of plastic pollution and making work in relation to the culture and environment of their partner school in Palestine. All schools in Barking and Dagenham had been assigned a school in Palestine and the schools had teachers from Palestine visiting them as part of the programme.
One group of year 10 Art pupils worked on a project based on the issue of plastic pollution with their jellyfish designs and their work was exhibited along with all the schools in the borough at a celebration evening on the 20th of September. The second group worked with the artist Shona Watt on the theme of the Rose Of Jericho plant and their work was exhibited at The Crystal by the Royal India Docks as part of the Rivers Of The World exhibition.
The pupils worked very hard throughout and were a credit to the school and many of them were immensely proud to see the culmination of their learning and work on public display.