Illuminated River #5: Strange lands and journeys over bridges

Coin Street have been funded by Illuminated River Foundation’s Community Fund to develop and deliver art workshops for young people aged 9+ for the local community. At Waterloo Festival, we are thrilled to be offering a weekly platform from which to showcase and share the work more widely!

Eleanor Watson wrote to us about the session of Week 5: "In today's session we created short graphic novels with one sheet of folded paper to create a small book. Using the bridge as a symbolic journey for their characters from one place in the story to another. We looked at 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan, a wordless picture book as an example of exploring another strange land."

The young people on board this project are:

  • Aisha, 12

  • Hanan,13

  • Hannah, 15

  • Hector, 12

  • Henry, 12

  • Iman, 13

  • Jaemii-Lee, 10

  • Jeylan, 12

  • Miriam, 12

  • Mona, 10

  • Rahshae, 11

  • Samuel, 12

  • Samuela, 10

  • Sue Kiera, 12

Iman's picture-story

Jeylan's picture-story

Miriam's picture-story

Miilee's picture-story

Samuel's picture-story


You can also follow Coin Street’s Youth and Community Team’s Art and Wellbeing Instagram account on @artatcoinstreet for updates on all things art-related in the Coin Street community.

You can read more about the Illuminated River project here. Illuminated River is an ambitious, new public art commission that is transforming the capital at night, lighting up to 14 bridges on the River Thames. Once complete, it will be the longest public art project in the world. The Illuminated River Community Fund supports local groups in delivering publicly accessible activities that engage with the first phase of Illuminated River (London, Cannon St, Southwark and Millennium Bridges) and encourage more people to enjoy the Thames, its bridges and riverside surroundings at night.