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Urban landmarks in Romford to be spruced up with help of public

PUBLISHED: 12:55 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:59 21 October 2015

Colour in Romford

Colour in Romford

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Prepare to see splashes of colour on some familiar Romford sights, as a new art initiative gets off the ground.

Sarah WaltersSarah Walters

Thanks to funding from the Mayor’s High Street Fund, Made Public – formerly known as the Romford Contemporary Arts Programme – is getting ready to give urban buildings in South Street a makeover, with the help of the public.

The Colour in Romford scheme, which Made Public is working on with Havering Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA), has selected six different sites, with four of those set to benefit.

But the designs are not going to be drawn up by the group’s artists – instead, it is residents who are being invited to pick up their pens.

Natalie Campbell, of Gidea Park, project manager of Colour in Romford and Made Public, said: “It is exciting. We don’t know what to expect and we really can’t wait to see them.”

Colour in RomfordColour in Romford

The sites in contention are Fiction nightclub, a blank wall above the Santander bank branch, A-boards outside the shopping centres, the large wall opposite Romford station, pavements and lampposts on South Street and the space behind Costa Coffee’s balcony.

Natalie said: “What I like is people having unexpected experiences, say coming out of the station and looking on at what’s going on.

“Romford is having a real injection of creativity with all the programme is doing, there’s lots going on, but it is sometimes behind the scenes and this will hopefully make people want to find out more.”

It is hoped that the four winning sites will have their temporary makeovers in March, but there may be an option for them to remain permanently.

The scheme may also branch out into other areas of Romford.

Sarah Walters, managing director of Made Public, said: “Made Public are thrilled to have been awarded this funding and to have the opportunity to make such a mark on the town we love.

“We’ve decided to open this competition up to everybody, so residents and creatives alike can truly make a difference by brightening up Romford and have a say in how our town looks and makes us feel.”

To find out how to submit a design, visit colourinromford.co.uk.

Entries must be sent via natalie.campbell@thingsmadepublic.com or Colour in Romford, Quadrant Arcade, Management Suite, Unit 7a, Romford, RM1 3ED.

The deadline is November 16 and each winning design will bag the artist £500.

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