The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun – 14th July 2022 for 2 weeks

The Rising Sun is an immersive light-responsive installation designed for Romford Town Centre.

Built in partnership with community groups, the aim is to shed new light on the identities of East London and Essex people, and to celebrate nightlife and pub culture.

Designed to represent a public house, the space offers a magical environment to reflect, host one-off events, and listen to the stories of the people of Romford.

A space of light and hope

The Rising Sun is funded by Arts Council England, Romford BID, and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It is supported by Havering Changing and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

It is being brought to Romford by Variable Matter, an artist-led practice working across design, art, intervention, performance, and product. Established in 2020 by award-winning artist David Shearing, the practice collaborates with world-leading individuals working across design, architecture, digital, policy, academia, and community practice, to deliver perspective shifting event-based projects. Their approach is simple, they place people at the heart of everything they do.

The Rising Sun will be situated at the top end of the market (near Tollgate House) from 14th July for 2 weeks.