Riverside School

Riverside School

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Below is a sample of work that was submitted recently to the NHS Trust Art Competition




A huge thank you to schools for their brilliant work campaigning for refugee families

Thank you so much to all the schools and young people involved in producing the wonderful and moving artwork that was displayed at Glastonbury. This year the murals were displayed both in the hospitality area where they were admired by celebrities, journalists and musicians themselves - and also many were on display at the Park Stage area, either side of the stage where they were seen by thousands everyday - the weather held out and they really made an impact in the sunshine. 

The vibrant hand-made artworks really set the tone for a campaign that was up and running in its second year - already engaging communities up and down the country. Glastonbury is above all a festival of contemporary performing arts - the perfect place for the moving combination of art and activism seen in the murals.

It was the most politically charged Glasto we’ve seen in recent years, and the atmosphere of activism and desire for a new politics was palpable in the air, with visits from politicians and on stage speeches from CND and others.

The Stand as One campaign met a very welcome reception - it was an easy conversation that campaigners had with members of the public - getting them to sign up to take the postcard protest action, asking for MPs to change the rules on family reunion; to make it easier for refugees to be reunited with their loved ones.


Harold has been shortlisted for a unique arts award with his castle sculpture. Prize giving ceremony is scheduled for Monday 20th November.  


Glastonbury Festival 2017
Schools Art Project – The Brief
Oxfam and the Glastonbury Festival invite schools to participate in an exciting art project.

The world famous Glastonbury Festival, headlined this year by Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran, takes place on Worthy Farm between 21-25 June 2017.
Heras fencing is used across the festival site. Usually the fence panels are simply dressed with hessian or plastic sheeting. However in some areas, such as the interstage zone, these panels are colourfully embellished or decorated.

We’re looking for 20 schools with budding artists to decorate one fence panel each for the interstage zone, where artists and guests move between the festival’s main stages.

Technical specifications:
 The panels are made from hessian fabric and measure 3.5m x 2m (ie: they’re big!)
 They should be painted using Johnstone’s emulsion paints and/or embellished with sewn items
 The design should reflect Oxfam’s festival campaign theme of Stand as One with families separated by disaster and conflict. The attached briefing explains the theme, which schools are invited to explore creatively and imaginatively.
 Designs should incorporate the Oxfam logo and may include your school’s name and/or logo.
The decorated panels from Glastonbury 2016 on show at Oxfam House.
Photo: Oxfam GB.

Who’s invited?
We’re inviting schools who have worked on the Youth Ambassadors, SFYouth and FYS Forums projects, along with partner schools in England, Wales and Scotland, to participate.

What’s next?
 Participating schools must undertake to return completed panels to Oxfam by Monday 29 May 2017. We suggest students are supported by a specialist art teacher.

 Oxfam will deliver panels to the first 20 schools who reply to this invitation. Please email John McLaverty at jmclaverty@oxfam.org.uk if you wish to take part.
 Schools are responsible for the cost of returning panels to Oxfam and art materials
 Oxfam will provide additional support and guidance to participating schools. John McLaverty is happy to answer any queries you have.


Riverside’s efforts which will be forwarded to the Unique Arts Award competition 2017



Tyler from class 1B has produced very pleasing work to date in the art room.  This week (24th May 2017) he was introduced to the abstract paintings of Paul Cobley.  Tyler was able to observe Cobley’s style and emulate his use of bold colours with line experimentation.  Tyler was able to use a range of circular blocks colours to produce the art piece for display.  Tyler’s work is produced completely independently, displaying his passion for art and in particular painting using alternative approaches.  I’m very pleased with his efforts and positive attitude during art sessions.


The Fourth Plinth Programme is the UK’s most talked about contemporary sculpture prize. Funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England, it invites world class artists to create new works for display in Trafalgar Square.

Each year, London schools are invited to enter the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards. The awards give children a chance to get involved with public art and offer new views of London.

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards 2017 is now closed.

Every year we invite London’s primary and secondary schoolchildren to create artworks, inspired by the commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and London life.

We hope you and your students can join us on Thursday 27 April for the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards ceremony at City Hall. It’s also a chance to see the exhibition. If you’re planning to come to the event, here’s all the info you need.


A number of classes produced work revolving around 'Freedom and shape'.  Of these, the art teacher selected 19 pieces of work to forward to the Fourth Plinth Competition.  The judging panel displayed their work on the official Mayor of London website, shown below.  (Even though it states submissions from Woodside school, it is very much Riverside student's efforts)

Cyle has been shortlisted for the award ceremony with his

work entitled ‘Self Portrait’.

Unfortunately Cyle was unable to attend the award ceremony due to other commitments.  We are waiting to receive his award from the 4th plinth panel, when we will then present him during certificate assembly.