Moving Gallery begins its journey in Reading town centre. 

A launch event will be held in Reading on December 9 and 10 to mark the opening  of what is believed to be the first art exhibition on an urban bus in the UK, with funding from the Reading BID (Business Improvement District). 

 

MovingGallery xmas2017 2It is called the Moving Gallery and is a Reading Buses double deck bus which has been transformed into temporary, travelling, curated art space. For a period of six weeks, from December 11 to January 20, the Moving Gallery will travel on normal routes across the Reading network having regular bus passengers as the audience. 

The Moving Gallery is the idea of post graduate student Anna De Amicis which Reading Buses is enthusiastically supporting. Anna is producing a thesis on the Moving Gallery which will explore the theme of public mobility and how it relates to the sense of place and community.

 

 

Artwork for the Moving Gallery has been supplied by six artists, Sam Stead, William Lailey, Therese Lawlor, Tim Wilson, Ben Mosher and Alda Terracciano.

Sam, 39, who lives in East Reading, has been an artist since graduating from The Glasgow School of Art in 2006. His work for the Moving Gallery consists of two large-scale curved line drawings on the outside of the bus.  They are based on a series of drawings he has been working on over the past year.

William Lailey, 28, who lives in Central Reading, has been a practicing artist for seven years.  He said:  “It is with photography that this project seeks to create and maintain relationships of different cultures and traditional values that make up the diversity of Reading. It is a collaboration between all these different communities living in one place.”

Therese, 58, who has lived in Reading for nearly 30 years and is in the RG1 postcode area, has been an artist for five years although she qualified as a graphic designer 35 years ago. “My piece for the Moving Gallery project,” said Therese, “is a children’s quiz.  They have to guess which of five illustrations is nearest The Hexagon. I’ve drawn some well known Reading landmarks like St. Laurence’s Church and Eldon Square, but one or two will test them and their parents. “Reading Buses is offering a prize for the winner who will be chosen at random in January.  Children will need to go to the Moving Gallery website to enter.”

Alda Terracciano, who is from North London and has been an artist for 12 years, has submitted ‘Reading Memory Routes’ which is a sound installation art piece based on people’s memories of Reading.  Said Alda:  “Looking at everyday life as art, it focuses on those moments of connection between ourselves and our environments, between the transient moment and the place of its experience.”

On the opening day of the Moving Gallery exhibition, the artist will invite passengers to directly relate to specific places they see from the bus in their daily journeys, and link them to special memories they hold for them. These digital memories will then be woven together in a dramaturgical sound composition to be experienced by passengers in their journeys through the city.

Ben Mosher, 26, who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has been practicing his art for the last 10 years, developing his approach to contemporary practices and mediums. “My piece Signal (Blue Red Yellow),” said Ben, “is part of a series of light installation works that revolve around concepts of communication.  In this work I enact a disagreement that highlights how differing perspectives enforce a subjective right and a wrong.”

Tim Wilson, 44, of East Reading, an artist for ‘as long as I can remember,’ has modified the ‘stop buttons’ of the Moving Gallery bus with new symbols. His installation plays with the perception of time, a desire for deceleration and encourages reflection on unconscious desires that are affected by the repetition and bustle of everyday life. Passengers may consider what the symbol could mean to them in the context of their surroundings/journey, the subsequent agency of pressing and reflect on what they might have wished the effect to be.

 Said Tony Pettitt, Reading Buses Chief Finance and Information Officer:  “Through sponsorship we are covering the costs of the materials that the artists are using so that they don’t incur any expenditure themselves.

“And we have been lucky that one of our suppliers, Nimbus Journey Solutions, has agreed to sponsor the event. Nimbus have also been instrumental in bringing both Ben and Alda’s art to life using their onboard technology.

“They have had to think outside the box to ensure that these pieces only are present on the Moving Gallery so other bus passengers are not confused by audio and visual art out of context.

“And, of course, the Nimbus involvement reminds us that art can come in many forms, so we encourage people to think about how they could use the on-board technology for their art.”

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