Nene Park and Metal invite young people aged 11 – 18 and living in Peterborough to create new art works inspired by the River Nene which will be displayed in Nene Park and outside Tate Modern in London.

Deadline for entries: Thursday 16th July 2020

20 of the best entries will be selected and artist Jeni Cairns will combine them to create a design for a flag. The finished flag will be displayed with a series of flags in front of Tate Modern, London and along the River Nene in Nene Park from September to October 2020. Art works will also feature as part of a city centre exhibition later in the year.

Rivers of the World is an international art and education project led by Thames Festival Trust that connects young people around the globe to their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning and themes. This year young people from across the UK, Morocco, Ethiopia, Sudan, Lebanon, Tanzania and India will also be making artworks which will exhibited. Rivers of the World is managed by the Thames Festival Trust in partnership with organisations local to each city, in Peterborough these are Metal and Nene Park Trust.

This project has been made possible with funding support from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund via Nenescape Landscape Partnership Scheme and with the support of Syntax Poetry Festival.

How to create your art work:

  • Follow the guidance and inspiration of artist Jeni Cairns in the worksheets and films below
  • Just use white & black and shades of one colour (e.g. grey or red)
  • Art work must be square or round
  • Art works must be inspired by the River Nene; this could include the wildlife, the route the river takes, or how it is used now and in the past

How to get inspired:

Below you will find some ideas from local artists to get you feeling creative.

Or why not explore the River Nene – take a walk, research it online or talk to people about their experiences of the River.

How to enter: 

You must be 11 – 18 years old and live in Peterborough and the surrounding villages. Please remember to include your name, address, contact details and date of birth. You can email or post your entry:

1. Email a 300dpi photograph of your work to: [email protected]


2. Post your entry to:

Rivers of the World Art Competition
Nene Park Trust
Ham Farm House
Ham Lane, Peterborough, PE2 5UU

Deadline for entries: Thursday 16th July 2020