Switch the Docks - by the Institute of Imagination

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Switch the Docks - by the Institute of Imagination

Expect the unexpected from this new interactive installation, Switch the Docks. This project, developed by the Institute of Imagination during their Join the Docks R&D, will celebrate the rich history of the area as well as its exciting future!

Earlier this year the Institute of Imagination worked with families in Newham to understand how they imagine the Royal Docks, in the past, present and future. Residents were encouraged to use a range of craft materials and get creative to create homemade lightboxes to help visualise their ideas.

The Institute of Imagination and Concept Shed then worked together to bring these creations to life. Playing with light and shadow, these stories were transformed into prototype interactive lightboxes which will appear in the Crystal Gardens in the Royal Docks from the 16 December to 5 January. Explore the Royal Docks through a different lens and see the prototype lightboxes react to your presence.

This project is all about imagination, creating opportunities for interplay and discovery, as well as a joyful and positive experience to the residents of Newham.

Switch the Docks is an R&D project commissioned by the Royal Docks team.

Time & date

16 December - 5 January


Crystal Gardens, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1GB



For your visit

Art & Culture

Making Space: Go the Distance

Installation artwork by Jessie Brennan, created with Peacock Gym by collecting images from the archive of this renowned community boxing hub.

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Places To Stay

Connaught House Hotel

This Grade II-listed building provides comfortable rooms and classic pub dining.

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Food & Drink

The Crystal Café

Overlooking the docks, this cafe serves home-made salads and bistro-style sandwiches.

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