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Metal 2015 Arts Award Students proud to receive Source to Sea bottle of water, at the end of its epic journey.

Seventeen budding artists will take a trip to the end of Southend’s iconic Pier on Wednesday 30 September at 4.30pm to receive the bottle of water that has travelled from the Source of the River Thames to the open sea.

The Source to Sea bottle was filled at the source of the Thames in Gloucestershire on 15th August and has spent 45 days travelling approximately 236 miles (380km), being carried by or visiting over 100 arts and community organisations along the way. Throughout September the bottle has traveled through London and has been hosted along the way by a wide range of groups and organizations including Hampton Court Palace, Ham House, the British Film Institute, Tate Modern, Tower of London, National Maritime Museum, the Thames Barrier and Tilbury Riverside. The bottle will end its epic journey at the RNLI station at the end of Southend Pier on Wednesday.

Metal’s Arts Award students will collect it from the RNLI and bring it back to Metal in Chalkwell Park where it will be given pride of place in the new Metal Art School. The object and the Source to Sea project will be used as inspiration for further arts and education projects and discussion into the future. Metal is proud and honoured to be selected as the final display venue of the commemorative bottle.

The Source to Sea project is part of Totally Thames which takes place over the whole month of September, a new season of arts, cultural and river events presented by Thames Festival Trust throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London.


Totally Thames

Totally Thames takes place over the month of September and brings the river to life via an exciting season of arts, cultural and river events throughout the 42-mile stretch of the Thames in London.

The programme is promoted widely via partner organisations both nationally and internationally.

In 2014, 2.7 million people attended over 170 Totally Thames events and the London-wide marketing and PR campaign achieved 500+ media breaks to the value of approx. £2 million and reaching 124 million people.

Totally Thames is endorsed and supported by The Mayor of London, London First, Arts Council England, Port of London Authority and all 17 London boroughs with a riverfront. It is organised and delivered by Thames Festival Trust. The charitable trust has a 17-year track record in delivering high quality river and riverfront events including the Thames Festival and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.