Artist Nicola Henshaw took the Arts bus into the centre of Romsey on Saturday, to gather memories and seek stories relating to the railway line (including the Sprat and Winkle line), the Plaza, the canal and the water meadows. As part of her Abbotswood project Nicola welcomed Romsey residents of all ages onto the bus to tell us their tales - old and new.
The TVAF Art Bus service was officially launched at our summer garden party on 20 June.
Caroline Nokes MP assisted by the Deputy Mayor of Test Valley in cutting the ceremonia ribbon. Test Valley Arts friends, sponsors and artists were in attendance.
On entering the bus there were two desks with headphones which took you on a journey around the books - the stories came alive!
This week, the Art Bus made an appearance at The Winchester Hat Fair.
The Bus was just the right venue, large enough to accommodate the furniture but parked under the trees with a darker interior which added to the mystery.
The Hat Fair has a long tradition of offering exciting opportunities for the public to come face to face with all kinds of street performing art. The "hat" comes from a unique quirk of history when the ancient capital of Wessex/England -Winchester - allowed buskers to enter the city walls and place their "hat" on the floor to collect contributions. Since then it has evolved into a huge three day street party with every corner of Winchester offering a surprise - everything from circus displays to singers, comedy acts, magicians, dancers - to the Arts Bus being dressed as a mobile library in Abbey gardens just next door to King Alfreds statue.
The Hat Fair hope to use the Bus every year. Also Thank You Julie Smith for driving it there and back.
The Art Bus is available for hire by artists and community projects
Last month, CAS artist Laurence Rushby used the bus for her public art project at Augusta Park. It was transformed it into a mini-museum displaying the treasures of Augusta.