Student art exhibition and activities installed at Nene Park


The Rivers of the World exhibition will display artwork from students all over the world

The exhibition of river-inspired artwork by young people includes a series of interactive activities to take part in while you visit Nene Park.

Rivers of the World is the Thames Festival Trust’s flagship art and education project, delivered in partnership with the British Council, Metal, Nene Park Trust and Nenescape. The ongoing programme has seen UK schools, including some in Peterborough, work with a wide range of international schools and visual artists, exchanging their experiences and exploring their local environment – while also learning about other cultures and engaging with global issues.

Initially 12 banners will be on display throughout June and July, with a further 12 during July and August, at Thorpe Meadows and Orton Mere.

The exhibition showcases artworks created by students from the UK, Ethiopia, Sudan, Malawi, Kenya, Palestine, India and more.

Working with artists, the students responded to two themes: River of Life, exploring the habitats and wildlife found in and around rivers, and Polluted Rivers, exploring how actions can damage the rivers we depend on and how we can take action to help maintain these resources.

In addition, Metal and Nene Park Trust have commissioned Peterborough-based artists Madhu Manipatruni and Nisha Keshav to design creative activities inspired by the banners. 

Manipatruni has designed a senses trail, which allows exploration of areas via prompts and challenges. Perfect to do with children, Manipatruni’s guides will have people identifying insects and flowers, and taking the time to use their senses to interact with the surroundings. 

Keshav’s activity is a photography journey asking people to explore and look at the park from a different angle – spotting wildlife, obscure patterns and textures while giving helpful photography tips along the way.

The online activities can be accessed by scanning the QR code beside the banners, and interactions can be shared using the #NeneParkArt hashtag, or by tagging @NeneParkPboro or @MetalPeterb on social media.