I walk out of the workplace at lunchtime and find a colourful bus parked in the middle of the city walk. There is no sign next to explain what it was other than the sign on the head of the bus that says ART BUS.
What a treat? I take some photos and then hit the net to find out what it was about.
Australian National Capital Artists Inc. (ANCA) has transformed a retired Action Bus into mobile contemporary gallery and studio space. What a great idea?
Once a humble local bus has been stripped of its seats and fitted out with gallery walls, lighting and new external paintwork by local artist, Riley Beaumont and turned into a mobile gallery. It is heartening to know that the ACT Government and Transport Canberra are supporting this initiative by ANCA.
ART BUS will be located at three different sites across Canberra’s City Centre showcasing contemporary art by local artists as well as interactive art workshops for children.
Each artist will take over the ANCA Art Bus for a month at a time.
In November, it will be displaying artist Ruby Berry’s work. Ruby is a textile-based artist working with three-dimensional sculptural textile works and sensory engagement.
December artist is Dionisia Salas, who has been working with repeated marks and pattern and has experimented with painting, silkscreen printing, burning techniques into paper surfaces, and collage.
In January 2019, Tom Buckland, a sculptor and multi-media artist with a strong focus on making and materiality will exhibit his work.
This is what the Canberra Times is saying about it.
I would like to see more of these art buses parked at various public places in Canberra.