Colour in Romford project continues to welcome artists to brighten up the town
PUBLISHED: 11:04 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 22 March 2017
On a mission to brighten up the town centre with a splash of colour and creativity, a community-minded team will soon welcome a world-renowned graffiti artist to leave his mark.
Community Interest Company (CIC) Made Public, based at The Retailery, Market Place, Romford, will be going ahead with phase two of its project Colour in Romford, installing large-scale murals designed by artists across the town.
To launch the next stage of the initiative, the team has welcomed graffiti artist Ben Eine, who is most famously known for his artwork Twenty First Century City , which was given to President Obama as a gift by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010.
The latest mural, which is due to be unveiled by the end of the month, will immortalise a lyric from dance music duo Underworld’s Born Slippy from cult film Trainspotting.
Band member Karl Hyde has previously described the town as his New York and paid tribute to the area in the song with the lyric “going back to Romford”.
The lyric will feature in Ben’s mural on the side of Fiction nightclub.
Made Public said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have secured Ben Eine as an artist for Colour In Romford.
“His work is incredibly iconic and we can’t wait to see the final piece unveiled in its entirety.
“The fact that Underworld agreed to us using their lyrics within the art piece has been the absolute cherry on top.
“Karl Hyde is very vocal about his affection for Romford, so its great that we can honour that too.”
Workshops with the artists are being held in collaboration with Havering College of Further and Higher Education, Havering Sixth Form College and Redbridge College, at The Retailery where they discuss their inspiration behind their murals and students can give their own ideas for the artwork.
Following the Fiction nightclub mural, another work of art will be installed at The Brewery next month by Belgian street artist DZIA.
The project continues to grow thanks to the support from the GLA and a fundraising page which raised more than £27,000 for phase two of Colour in Romford, £11,000 of which was pledged by the Mayor of London.
A special recognition award was also presented to the Made Public team by High Streets minister Andrew Percy for its efforts in making Romford town centre “a better place to live, work and socialise”.