Free event

Essential Information

Type Daytime
National Maritime Museum → First floor → The Great Map
Date and Times Wednesday 1 September – Tuesday 26 October | 10am-5pm
Prices Free display

Artists have been inspired by rivers for centuries, and now a new generation of creatives are making their mark in a new display at the National Maritime Museum.

As part of Rivers of the World, a project run by the Thames Festival Trust and delivered in partnership with the British Council, six secondary schools from across Greenwich (St Mary Magdalene Church of England School, Eltham Hill School, The Halley Academy, Newhaven School, Woolwich Polytechnic School and Plumstead Manor School), have created art in response to their local river environments.

Working with professional arts facilitators, the students have made collaborative artworks, which tackle themes including river ecosystems, the relationship between rivers and cities and the importance of rivers as vital resources.

This year, the Greenwich schools have been paired with partner schools in Accra, Ghana, giving students the opportunity to reflect on local and global issues.

Whether you’re an art lover or river enthusiast, make sure to head to the display – located by the Great Map – to get inspired.

Our partners

Rivers of the World is a Thames Festival Trust project delivered in partnership with the British Council.

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Family Fun Weekend

Take part in a weekend of creative activities aboard Cutty Sark as part of the Totally Thames festival. Running from 4–5 September, the events are BSL accessible and encompass arts, crafts, singing and dance.

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