Photos to 'shine light on hidden stories' revealed in art installation

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David Shearing interviews George Chittock whose stall has been in the family for over 55 years - Credit: Hannah Davis

Photos of the Romford Market community have been revealed as part of an upcoming interactive public art exhibition.  

Award-winning artist David Shearing and his collective Variable Matter will showcase their physical project called The Rising Sun from July 15.  


David Shearing interviews 78-year-old shopper Bruce Whitworth - Credit: Hannah Davis

The Rising Sun installation coincides with Romford marketplace celebrating its 775th anniversary this year.  

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David Shearing interviews Romford Shopping Hall worker George England who has worked in the family business the Teapot Cafe for 10 years - Credit: Hannah Davis

A physical structure designed in the shape of a pub will sit in the centre of the square.  

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David Shearing talks with Christine Perry from McDowells Pie and Mash shop, which has been serving Romford for 60 years - Credit: Hannah Davis

Thanks to a moving audio piece, visitors attending the 'pub' will be able to hear the voices of people David interviewed when he visited Romford Market.

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David Shearing interviews Romford Market stall holder Muhammad Shuaib - Credit: Hannah Davis

The 38-year-old Romford-born artist, who now lives in Ilford, said: “The Rising Sun is a snapshot of everyday people, shining a light on hidden stories of the local community, not the stereotypes that are often portrayed in this unique and changing outer east London town.”

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David Shearing talks with Philippines-born Edna Lobo, who started The Sunrise Cafe in 2004 - Credit: Hannah Davis


David hopes the art will encourage “debate about what’s possible in our town centres by building a sense of destination and pride”. 

Matthew Russell, Queen’s Theatre’s executive director, previously said the exhibition will be a "highlight of this summer”. 

George Chittock

George Chittock - Credit: Hannah Davis

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The project will run from July 15 to July 30 from 8am to 8pm.  

Entry will be free.