Tickets: FREE (DROP IN)
Former IKEA Building, Coventry 2 Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ
Until Fri 6 May 2022

Rivers of the World

Sun 1 May 2022 to Fri 6 May 2022
Former IKEA Building, Coventry
2 Croft Road, Coventry, CV1 3AZ
Duration: 10am - 4pm

Following the former Ikea Building exhibition, the Rivers of The World exhibition continues through the summer at the Coventry Railway Station.

The Rivers of the World Coventry Rail Station Installation is funded by Avanti West Coast in partnership with the Heart of England Coventry Rail Partnership

Pop into the former IKEA building to see a dynamic collection of artworks about River Sherbourne in Coventry and the River Ruvu in Tanzania.

Our Coventry primary and secondary SEN students have been engaged in a 2-year international art and education project by Thames Festival Trust, resulting in this exhibition.

About the project

Image left: Corley Centre with Colin Yate: Students created a selection of wonderful clay sculptures reflecting the animals that live in and around the River Ruvu in Tanzania. 

Image middle: Woodfield School, Coventry with Colin Yates: The pupils took part in painting and screenprinting activities inspired by the River Sherbourne.

Image right: Baginton Fields School (SEN), Coventry with Colin Yates: The students explored the use of charcoal drawings, painting with acrylics and screen-monoprints while looking at the River of Life


Due to Covid-19, the artworks were created both at home and in school, showing the strength of spirit and imagination of the artists and young people in the face of a global pandemic. 

These exciting works will be exhibited through physical and digital displays at different sites and venues across Coventry as an opportunity to see how creative our future generation is outside the classroom.

Project Background 

Rivers of the World creates collaborative artworks inspired by river themes and environmental studies, linking primary and secondary schools in the UK with partner schools in developing countries around the world. The two-year programme encourages pupils to learn about their local river in the first year, then learning about a river in another country in the second year. Working with a local artist, ideas are channelled creatively into drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture and other visual media.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England and the British Council