'The Thrush' by year 5 child during ‘Animal Spirits’ project, William Patten Primary School, Summer 2010.
RIVA is a charity which provides artist residencies both in its Hackney studio and in schools. It gives participants the opportunity to experience directly the creative process by working alongside artists and to produce high quality artwork themselves both individually and collectively.
Through awards to selected organisations it supports visual education for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
It strives to enable the participants to achieve their creative, personal and intellectual potential and to 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