About RIVA



RIVA aims to offer visual education for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. RIVA has been set up as a charity to promote Artists Residencies, giving participants the opportunity to experience directly the creative process and to produce high quality artwork themselves.


It will offer direct experience of creating artworks both individually or collectively and will work towards enabling the participants to achieve their creative, personal and intellectual potential.


Individuals will have the opportunity to develop new strategies for making, understanding and appreciating art.



'The RIVA Art (project) was so amazing, I think I am very lucky to join in and it's like a way of capturing the lovely memories and treasuring them in your heart.' - Sawdah


‘I love art because you learn when to stop.’ - Esra

The thrush: sculpture created by year 5 child during the ‘Animal Spirits’ project at William Patten Primary School, Summer 2010

Ink drawing of an endangered species, year 5 child

‘Animal Spirits’ project at William Patten Primary School, Summer 2010

Painting of a postcard from the British Museum for the

history of the world through animal objects, year 4 child

‘Animal Spirits’ project at William Patten Primary School, Summer 2010