Challenge yourself and see your creation come to life as part of the Institute of Imagination 'Switch the Docks' project!

We are excited to announce that iOi is part of the Join The Docks festival. Working with some makers and designers from Concept Shed, we have created large light boxes to be installed next to The Crystal (by the Cable Car) that look at the past, present and future of the Royal Docks. You will be able to interact and see the chosen stories in The Royal Docks this Winter and beyond!

In response to this, we are now looking to take this project online and find out from Newham residents what they think the future of the Docks might be.

Your mission is to transport yourself to the Royal Docks 50 years from now. What will the Docks look like? Who will you meet there? What will you see?

Your creations will help us re-imagine the Docks for the future. We will then select some of the ideas to display on our online gallery and will form part of our long term plans in Newham!

Here’s some ideas from our imagineers:


Find out more from one of our designers at Concept Shed:

Here’s how you can submit your own!

  1. Draw a drawing, paint a painting, write a story or poem about what the Docks will look like in 50 years time.
  2. Record it/take a photo of it (please only include your idea, please don’t include a picture of yourself).
  3. Send it to before 31st January 2021. You should include your name and any details you’d like us to know about your creation.

There’s no age limit, costs or sign up needed. We just want to hear where you think the docks will be in 50 years. We’re particularly interested in stories from Newham itself! If you have any questions, get in touch. Email:

Switch the Docks is an outdoor installation project that will draw on ideas from the local community to celebrate the Royal Dock’s past, present and future. Combining shadow, light and sensors as part of the installation, images will be triggered at random to light up in unusual places around Crystal Gardens.

Switch the Docks is part of our work in Newham. Find out what else we’re up to in Newham here