What is believed to be the country’s first ‘Gallery Bus’ has entered service – bringing art to the masses.
Yellow Buses had ‘artists in residence’ across its fleet last year and now their work has been displayed inside a state-of-the-art double decker.
The company, based in Bournemouth, Dorset, has put the bus on its busy routes that will take it through the conurbation from Christchurch to Poole.
The artists spent a month each traveling on the buses creating artworks that were adapted for the Gallery Bus by the Yellows’ graphic designer James Stone.
Advertising space has given way to the colourful pictures and early reaction from the public has been incredibly positive.
Yellows’ Head of Marketing Jenni Wilkinson, said: “The whole ‘Gallery Bus’ concept began early last year when I was contacted by artist Denise Poote who asked if she could have a residency on a bus.
“We agreed and there was such interest we had a series of artists over the year, each with different styles.
“The standard of the work was excellent and having given all of our artists an open brief we were thrilled with the results. I even purchased one of my favourites.
“We selected a variety of pictures which are displayed on the walls around the Gallery Bus, which will run on the 1s.
“Some of the original artworks will form an exhibition in Bournemouth’s library between Tuesday 5th and Friday 29th May 2015. We believe this is the first gallery of its type in the country.”
Illustrator Emma Caswell who was part of the project said: “It’s really exciting to see our work reproduced on the bus.
“It really does look amazing and we just hope that passengers enjoy looking at it.”
Each artist has their name and a short piece about them included in the display.
Matthew Denney, paintings and art expert at the fine art auctioneers Duke’s of Dorchester, said: “Art is for everyone.
“For many though there is not time in the day to visit galleries and exhibitions, so if art can be taken to the people then there are only winners.”