School Children Rewarded for Creating Beautiful Art from Rubbish!

Issue date: 5 July 2011

Over sixty children and teaching staff from thirteen local schools will be attending a special award ceremony to show off their works of art to judges from the ‘Art is Rubbish’ campaign – a school project set by The Waterways Festival.

Organised by IWA's Festival team, the project aims to raise young people’s awareness of their waterways and the environmental impacts that litter and waste have upon wildlife and water quality.

School children were set a challenge to use waste materials to create something of beauty that had a waterways theme. It also gave them the opportunity to get involved in the excitement of the national festival coming to their local town.

At the event, pupils from every school will be invited to talk about their piece of artwork, how they came up with their idea and the waste materials they have used. Following the presentations, The Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Patricia Ackroyd, will announce the winning entry and present each school with a prize and certificate.

A selection of the work will be on display in the IWA Premier Marquee at The Waterways Festival which is taking place in Burton upon Trent from the 29th to 31st July 2011. IWA Festivals would like to thank National Forest Adventure Farm, Pirelli, The National Brewery Centre, Planters at Bretbury, Pupils Schoolwear and Workwear and Conkers for their generous support for the project.

The 13 schools who took part are: Anglesey Primary School, Belvedere Junior School, Christchurch Infants School, Fountains Primary School, Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Holy Rosary RC Primary School, Tower View Primary School, Victoria Community School, Winshill Village Primary School, River View Primary, St. Augustine’s CE First School (Draycott in the Clay), Dove First School (Rocester) and Thomas Russell Infants School (Barton under Needwood)

To find out more about The Waterways Festival and book tickets online please visit or call 0844 800 6583. Discounted advance tickets can be purchased in person from the Customer Service Centre, Market Place, Burton-on-Trent (cheque or credit card only) or Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre.