Image: Thames Festival Trust, Ed Stone

Image: Thames Festival Trust, Ed Stone

Rivers of the World Exhibition

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us and help with our Rivers of the World exhibition. All volunteers will learn about the brilliant Rivers of the World programme and volunteer roles will include greeting and chatting with people at the exhibition as well as sharing information and gathering valuable feedback from visitors.

All volunteers will come together and meet each other at a training session on the afternoon of 28 August at the Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH. This session will cover all necessary information relating to the role, you will get a chance to meet new people and learn new skills as part of this opportunity. This training will also include a session with The Audience Agency, (an organisation that evaluates exhibitions and events across all types of arts activities), this will help all volunteers feel confident when capturing feedback from the audiences at the exhibitions and a skill transferable to many other roles.  You will have the opportunity to meet fellow ambassadors and meet the Thames Festival Trust team so you will know their friendly faces, ready for the exhibition ahead!

On-going support and supervision will be available from the CBD team and the Thames Festival Trust staff whilst volunteering with us.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 28 August: Training at the Gallery - Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH, 4-6pm

29 Aug – 9 Sept: Exhibtion at Gallery@OXO, South Bank, daily 11am-6pm

18 Sept – 29 Sept: Exhibition at the Boathouse Creative Studios, Barking and Dagenham, daily 12.30-5.30pm (excluding Sunday)

Thames Festival Trust


The Thames Festival Trust's principle aim is to increase the appreciation of rivers and their importance to us all through creating and promoting river and river-related art, education and heritage programmes. Since 1997, the Thames Festival Trust has entranced and engaged audiences in excess of 10 million through our annual outdoor festival Totally Thames, which prior to 2014 was called The Thames Festival. Creative Barking and Dagenham was part of last years festival with Kinetika's Silk River project and we are excited to be working in partnership with Thames Festival Trust this year for the Rivers of the World exhibition, providing opportunities for skills development for people living and working in Barking and Dagenham.

What is the Rivers of the World Project all about?

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Hundreds of young people from river cities around the world embark on an appreciation of their local waterfront then, working under guidance from professional artists, they create artworks inspired by their river. As part of the exhibition you will see the finished pieces from around the UK, Malawi, Palestine, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Rivers of the World is led by artist Shona Watt and includes a group of inspirational artists in partner cities. An opening event will be held in each venue for participating teachers, pupils and local organisations and groups.

Volunteering role:

As part of your role your duties will include,

  • Invigilating the gallery space during opening times
  • Cash handling through the sale of catalogues (Oxo gallery only)
  • Provide information to members of the public regarding the project
  • Welcoming school groups to the exhibition
  • Gather audience feedback on the exhibition
  • Communicate to members of the public other Totally Thames events taking place

All volunteers will receive a subsidy for any travel and food and Kate Forde, the Volunteer Co-ordinator on this project, will be your main point of contact throughout the exhibition.

Sign up to volunteer:

If you would like to volunteer, we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with Prem or Sophie (by email / or call 020 8594 7136) with the following information:

  • Include your full name, contact number, contact email, postcode
  • Confirm you are available to attend the training on 28th August, 4pm - 6pm at the Oxo Tower (CBD will arrange for a group to travel together to the venue from Barking and Dagenham).
  • Confirm the dates you are available to volunteer during the exhibition dates (See Dates above). We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of two shifts throughout the show.
  • Outline any access requirements we should be aware of.

Get in touch by Thursday 23rd August to confirm your volunteer place! We are looking forward to meeting you and can't wait for you to be part of this project, bringing together international stories and raising awareness of the rivers right here in the UK.


All volunteers will be given a free ticket for the Shape of Water -Movies on the River!

Taking place on Thursday 23rd August at the Tower Millennium Pier in central London at 7:30pm. tickets are normally £16 but as a thank you we want to offer all the brilliant volunteers a FREE ticket!