The British Council: Rivers of the World 2008

In 2008 a special group of Grade Seven’s, representing all our Partner Schools were selected to participate in the concept, design and execution of a collaborative artwork about biodiversity and the Liesbeek River entitled: River of Life.

This production was part of the Rivers of the World art and education project for The Mayor’s Thames Festival in partnership with the British Council. This project links schools and over 2,000 young people around the world through common river themes. Each year students from up to 34 London schools are linked with schools overseas. Learners study their river and with the help of professional artists and art educators, they produce fabulous artworks for public display.

Our artwork was reproduced and displayed in for the first time at the Gallero OXO and along the banks of the River Thames, London, Great Britain. Reproductions of the artwork were also displayed in Cape Town, India, China and Egypt as the exhibition travelled to all participating countries in 2009.

Three new countries join the programme each year. By 2012 over 17 countries will have taken part in Rivers of the World.

Iziko Museums of Cape Town: Let’s Celebrate

The Children’s Art Centre was privileged to be part of the Iziko South African National Gallery’s (ISANG) “Let’s Celebrate” programme during the soccer World Cup period. Along with Milnerton Primary, Tygerberg and Battswood art centres and the Meaningful Access Programme, we were invited to exhibit a selection of artworks, showcasing the immense talent of our learners and celebrating the diverse mediums and techniques incorporated in our learning programmes.

Artworks from all our schools were displayed in the ISANG Annexe from the 16th June to the 31st July and attracted both local and international visitors.

The Wednesday voluntary class, designed puppets to decorate the columns of the exhibition space, comprising of flamboyant masks and colourfully dyed fabric to serve as the body. The puppets were then adorned with ceramic brooches and fabric painting. The group of learners were astounded to see the impact their artwork made within the exhibition and were impressed with themselves for having represented Capetonian child art and the Art Centre so well.

They spent the afternoon exploring their exhibition in the Annexe and the work of professional artists in the gallery. After their visit to the gallery and the Annexe they created a composite artwork based on J.H. Pierneef’s Karibib, using mark making and a “paint-by-numbers” approach.

We look forward to future collaborations with Iziko Museums of Cape Town.