Family Explorers Get Creative With Lights.

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The Illusionarium families programme was launched last weekend with an interactive day of light exploration on level 3 of The Mercury Shopping Centre at its very own ‘Light Lab’.

Over 300 people visited on the day, coming from as far as from Walthamstow to name a star, enjoy sensory play or explore the magical ‘neon’ Midnight Forest on the secret level 4 of The Mercury shopping centre.

The free event, hosted by local arts cooperative ‘The NO Collective’, is one of many in store for Romford over the next couple of weeks as the programme for the Illusionarium light festival which has been running since early October
Lucy McDonald, the families programme manager for Illusionarium said:

“We used the connection between art and science for this event to introduce families to explore art and creativity together. We had a lot of fun in our ‘scientist’ costumes, and we hope that everyone left inspired with ideas of creative fun they could have at home, and in Romford”.

She was joined by artists and creatives that helped to put the festival together and could be on hand to give new ideas and perspective on the artwork being made on the day. Nigel and Gill showed young people how to do fun experiments with torches and things they might find at home, Hannah toured families around the Midnight Forest – an artwork made by herself and students from Havering College, while Martin, the centre’s maintenance manager and ‘fully-fledged centre creative’ helped families to name and fix a star into the ‘Romford Constellation’.

The Illusionarium light and illusion festival is a partnership project by Havering Changing, The Romford Business Improvement District and The Mercury Shopping Centre. It is supported by Arts Council England and is the first of its kind in co-operative arts festivals for the town.

Follow The NO Collective or The Mercury on social media to find out more on how to do the free trail with your family or look on the festival website for more information:<>

Weekend fun at Level 3 of the Mercury Mall in Romford.

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