An exhibition of the stunning art work of pupils from six secondary schools in and around Reading will take place as part of the Reading-on-Thames Festival this month in Reading.

Inspired by our local rivers and in partnership with schools in Nepal, Rivers of the World is an international art and education project delivered by Totally Thames Festival in partnership with the British Council which connects pupils around the globe to their local river through environmental, economic and cultural learning and themes.

As part of the first ever Reading on Thames Festival, young people from six local secondary schools in and around Reading were invited to take part in this global project, guided by professional artists to create huge artworks for public display.

Students from Reading/Wokingham secondary schools:- Highdown School, The Wren School, Maiden Erlegh School, Bulmershe School and Waingels College, as well as Trinity School Newbury have been linked with schools in Nepal. They studied the history, culture and environment of their local river –or a river in their partner country and have produced huge artworks inspired by what they have learnt.

The exhibition in Reading has been kindly brought to Reading through generous funding from Thames Water, Reading Rescue (the annual Reading clean-up project, which takes place from 13- 15th October) and Connect Reading. This will be the first time that the artwork will have been seen in the town.

The exhibition takes place at The Weller Centre in Caversham from Wednesday 13th September until Friday 15th September,  9am until 5pm.  The Weller Centre (formerly Amersham Road Community Centre) Lower Caversham, RG4 5NA.

The works will also be displayed on London’s South Bank as part of Totally Thames Festival.

Zsuzsi Lindsay, on behalf of Reading UK CIC, said: “This has been a fabulous opportunity for budding young Reading artists to get involved in a truly international art project and see their work displayed for the world to see on London’s South Bank. This is one of many projects being developed as a legacy of Reading 2016. We hope it is the start of great new relationships between Reading and Nepalese schools, founded on the importance to Reading of our own Nepalese community.”