RISEgallery also works with developers, architects and local authorities in the UK and internationally to produce commissioned site-specific art works from a wide array of visual arts disciplines. If you have a project or site-specific installation requirement we are providers of small and large scale productions, both indoor and outdoor, with a wealth of experience in the commercial and public sector.
The latest addition to Croydon’s public art collection is a stunning giant mural by Chilean artist Otto Schade.
With his newest installation taking residence on Katherine Street entitled ‘Her Hometown’, Otto says “I love Croydon and I wanted to paint something personal that people in Croydon can connect with. This is why the reflection in her eye has the Croydon skyline.”
The mural has been commissioned in partnership with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID).
During July/August of 2017, RISEgallery collaborated with the Lebanese non-profit organisation Ahla Fawda on a cultural exchange between UK and Lebanese artists.
The project involved taking UK street and installations artists to Lebanon to produce stunning artwork individually and collaboratively in various locations in Beirut, as well as live painting and workshops during the cultural festival “Alye-z Let’s Go!” located in the mountains surrounding Beirut.
The aim of the festival was to promote the arts, education and an awareness of environmental issues and it was hugely successful, drawing in crowds of up to 50,000 people.
The cultural exchange was born from a desire to bring amazing art from the UK and around the world to Beirut and to interact with local artists and the community, providing an opportunity for artists from both countries to be inspired, grow and expand their practice.
Art + Believe are a British artist team who paint large-scale bright, colourful, geometric murals to bring forgotten communal spaces to life and have painted in over 16 countries. Their strengths are finding new creative solutions to forgotten architectural spaces and transforming them so that the architecture and design compliment each other to engage with the local community.
Their latest work is a stunning bright and colourful perspective piece located on the stairs leading to our beloved Surrey Street in Croydon.
Schoony is an established and internationally renowned artist. His work is highly sought after and resides in some of the world’s most important art collections.
The boy solider is cited as his most important work to date and is instantly recognisable to many. In Surrey Street, Croydon we have the only public permenant large scale representation of this work.
The boy solider is an anti-war piece about the horror of children being forced into conflicts worldwide the effects of which resonant in the lives of so many and across generations.
How many more brothers, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and families will have to face such utter tragedy until we realise the best option for us all is peace.
The boy ‘unnamed’ stands firm, grenade in hand, pin untouched, refusing to detonate yet another devastating device of war. ‘Enough is Enough’ he firmly pronounces
All our children, the masters of our world’s future, we can only hope will never follow in the footsteps of those who cause such destruction and create a world of peace which we in our life time have not managed to succeed in.
The future is with them….
Surrey Street Market Installation: ‘A Simple Hello’ by Lauren Baker, February 2017.
This month multidisciplinary artist Lauren Baker and RISEgallery
share a message of positivity and compassion with Croydon’s
community. Lauren’s new neon artwork is sure to brighten up our
hearts as much as the bustling Surrey Street Market below the
bridge walk-way it is installed on.
The neon reads, ‘A Simple Hello Can Lead To A Million Things’
and the artist elaborates, “my neon words are uplifting.
As political, social and economic order become increasingly
volatile, I hope that my positive words will remind people that
magic happens when people connect with one another.”
Lauren Baker is a London based contemporary artist who
exhibits internationally. Her work explores the fragility, yet
intensity of life, with a focus on energy, love and
interconnectedness. Her creations include painted and
embellished human resin skulls and animal skulls as
well as works that involve neon, infinity mirror and moving
In this piece, the artist’s aim is to bring hope on a rainy day. A
simple ‘hello’ acknowledges the existence of another living being.
As Lauren says, “with a positive outlook, we are more likely to
draw in opportunity and harness our limitless potential.”
The installation is a lovely step towards a wider reinvigoration of
Surrey Street Market by Croydon Council in collaboration with
RISEgallery in 2017. It will also encourage us to look up at the
beautiful architecture on Surrey Street that we so often ignore.
It is an honour for RISEgallery to be part of this special time in
Croydon and we hope to encourage new people to come down to
see Lauren’s installation and explore all the other wonderful things
Croydon has to offer.
Surrey Street Book Exchange, April 2016. Partnered with Croydon Council. Artwork by Run.
A community library for all. Head down to Surrey Street to admire the amazing art work and to pick up your next read. Just remember to replace it with a book you’ve finished. Please get in touch regarding book donations.