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Children and Young People from Worcestershire Plunge into Rivers of the World...

Artwork by pupils from six secondary schools across Worcestershire will be included in an international exhibition of river-inspired art, which is touring at The Hive from 16 November.

Supported by Arts Council Englandís Strategic Touring Fund, 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 has engaged secondary schools in three river-based regions and partners 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 has trained and supported schools with a cross-curricular programme, placing professional artists in Worcestershire secondary schools and collaborating them with an international school.

The children and young people have been engaging and learning about their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning and themes to create large-scale river-inspired artworks having worked with Photographic artist Pete Ashton and Glass Artist Sarah Brown.

The project has been working with the following secondary schools; St Egwin's CE Middle School in Evesham, Pershore High School, Tenbury High School, Tudor Grange School, Nunnery Wood School and Blackminster School and the following Primary Schools Chadsgrove School, Northwick Manor Primary School, Ombersley Endowed First School,Northleigh Primary, St Maryís Primary, Broadway and Martley CE Primary School in Worcestershire.

Artists from Kenya, Palestine, Malawi and the UK visited participating schools and students to create an exhibition of artworks that have toured the oxo@Gallery and Boathouse Gallery Barking in London, the Exeter Phoenix, before finishing at The Hive, Worcester.

The Hive is currently exhibiting The Peopleís Collection, an assortment of letters, photographs, medals and trench shovels from the First World War, commemorating the role Worcestershire played. The collection was curated by the Worcestershire World War 100 project and will be in the atrium at The Hive until 12 November, when it is replaced by the Rivers of the World exhibition.

More information about the exhibitions can be found at www.thehiveworcester.org/arts-exhibitions