A retired Transport Canberra bus that has been given a new life as a contemporary gallery and studio space opened to the public on Saturday (3 November).
ANCA Gallery and Studios received a City Grant from the City Renewal Authority for this gallery with a twist. The ANCA Art Bus will showcase contemporary art by local artists and hold interactive art workshops at three different sites across Civic from November 2018 to January 2019.
ANCA Art Bus co-ordinator Millan Pintos-Lopez said the space was designed to allow people to interact with Canberra’s local artists in a unique setting.
“Each month the ANCA Art Bus will host a different artist, who will use the bus as a studio while also showcasing their exhibition,” Mr Pintos-Lopez said.
“I encourage everyone to get on board to view the exhibition, chat to the artist or book into one of the free art workshops that will run regularly throughout each month.
During November, local textile artist Ruby Berry will present her exhibition, ENCLOSE.
“Softening the walls with dense weavings and tactile forms, the exhibition will combine installation and sculptural works to create a space that encourages feelings of comfort and protection,” Mr Pintos-Lopez said.
City Renewal Authority director design and place strategy Andy Sharp said the ANCA Art Bus was an opportunity to use public spaces around Civic in a unique way.
“The art bus is an exciting project that will bring life to different public spaces around Civic,” Mr Sharp said.
“Throughout the month of November the bus will make Garema Place more fun, colourful and entertaining before moving on to inject this spirit into another of our public spaces.
“Our City Grants program is designed to fund projects that contribute to a lively city centre that encourages social exchange and diversity and the ANCA Art Bus is a perfect example of this.”
The ANCA Art Bus will have month-long stays in Garema Place, City Walk and Civic Square. It will be open Wednesday to Sunday each week from noon to 5 pm. The workshops will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 2 pm.
The City Renewal Authority’s City Grants are funded through the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy.