Rivers of the World Project

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Burlington Danes pupils have been participating in an exciting international art and education project in recent months, linking over 2,000 young people around the world.

The Rivers of the World project partners young people from London with students in Dubai, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan. Together they study their local city rivers as inspiration for artwork to be displayed publically.

Some of those involved in the initiative ventured to the Southbank last week to be interviewed by the BBC about their participation, appearing on the news the same night. One journalist was particularly impressed by the group, commenting on their extraordinary knowledge and eloquence.

The project has provided over 30 BDA students with the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists from both Bangladesh and London, creating work that represents the River Thames and the River Surma (Bangladesh).

Miss Stone, Assistant Principal, said: “It is an important project as it forces young people to engage with the river running through their city, something we are not as used to in developed countries such as the UK as we are very fortunate to have clean water piped directly into our homes.”

The impressive finished artwork is currently on show at the Southbank as part of The Mayor’s Thames Festival, and will soon be on display in the academy.

Well done on being such great ambassadors for Burlington Danes!