The CCA Art Bus is a mobile work of art designed by Sir Peter Blake, it is also a mobile art gallery. Sir Peter designed the bus in a groovy pop art style, with the aim of creating a rock 'n' roll tour bus for art and artists. The CCA Art Bus visits schools, communities, festivals, galleries and art events. Recently seen at The Lord Mayor's Show.
The eye-catching design of the bus has proven to make it fascinating to children (including the grown-up ones!) of all ages. Sir Peter's exuberant design includes motifs that are infinitely familiar. The use of these childhood characters in the design of the bus not only grabs the attention of the young, but hopefully also opens their eyes to the fact that ‘Art' does not have to be exclusive or dryly academic, but can be all-embracing, fun and practical.
The Art Bus provides access to the visual arts to those pupils who may not normally have that opportunity. The bus primarily targets schools that specialise in learning difficulties as well as those in underprivileged inner city areas.
The Art Bus is used as an educational facility to give children an introduction to the visual arts and more specifically printmaking. The bus drives to school and the children climb aboard to experience the art of some of the UK's finest contemporary artists first hand by seeing their work in the bus' gallery space. They will also have an opportunity of a question and answer session with one of these artists live from their studio via the bus' satellite links. The children will learn about printmaking and have the chance to design their own model Art Bus.
Please note that all our educational visits are free, however in order to keep the costs we incur to a minimum we try to incorporate school/college visits into trips to galleries/art fairs/festivals that we are planning. So unless the Art Bus is scheduled to be in your area it may not be possible to arrange a visit. If requesting a visit from the CCA Art Bus to your school, please bear in mind (when considering access) that the bus is 4.5 m tall, 9 m long and 3m wide. We must also have a suitable and secure place to park, as well as access to mains electricity.
For more information about education on the CCA Art Bus or organising a school visit please contact
The Art Bus can be hired on a daily basis. Please be aware that because the bus is a valuable work of art the purposes for which it can be hired are strictly limited.
Please note that the CCA Art Bus IS NOT AVAILABLE for party hire.
Please see below all the fabulous press coverage about the Art Bus.
Sir Peter Blake parked his Pop Art bus in the Virgin Media Lounge at the V Fesitival. Blake, 77, who created the Sgt Pepper cover, tells us that he won't be designing the sleeve for Robbie Williams's comeback
Sir Peter Blake might have been in the news recently for feeling sidelined by the Tate galleries, but hopefully having his own double-decker art bus will help to ease the perceived snub.
The CCA Galleries Art Bus was launched with the help of Helen Mirren, Kevin Spacey, Harry Hill and Sir Peter Blake. Brian Alexander went along for a very surreal ride.