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As part of the Nenescape Landcape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Nene Park has worked with METAL (Peterborough) and Thames Festival Trust on an exciting international art and education project that connects young people around the globe to their local river.

Students from secondary schools in Peterborough have taken part in workshops with local artists Jeni Cairns and Stuart Payn to explore the River Nene and have created exciting new banner art works that are now on display in the Park, in Orton Mere and Thorpe Meadows. 

As part of the project the schools in Peterborough have been partnered with schools in Rabat, Morocco, whose artwork is also on display. Next year Peterborough pupils will have the opportunity to create new artworks exploring the River Bouregreg in Rabat. 

Come along to Orton Mere to look at the artworks created by year 8 and 9 students from:

  • City of Peterborough Academy
  • Ken Simpson Community School
  • Ormiston Bushfield Academy
  • Queen Katharine Academy
  • St John Fisher Catholic High School 
  • Thomas Deacon Academy 

The artwork banners are on display at Orton Mere, Ferry Meadows from 20 September to 30 October.

The Rivers of the World project links secondary schools in towns and cities across the UK with partner schools in developing countries. Over two thousand 12-14 year olds have been involved with the project using art to help them understand the importance of their local rivers and the environmental challenges they face. The creative process they have gone through with visiting artists has provided opportunities for them to imagine the potential for art in their lives. 

Rivers of the World is a Thames Festival Trust project delivered in partnership with the British Council. Rivers of the World has been supported and funded by Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund via Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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