The Art Bus

23rd August, 2012

Time Lapse of 'Creative Hands' decorating the Art Bus, which is used for community outreach sessions linking to the arts and music programmes for We Face Forward.

The Art Bus, inspired by the music and contemporary art of West Africa in the We Face Forward exhibition, was created to travel all over Manchester providing free art and music performances and workshops for local communities. From mid May it’s been travelling across the city carrying artists and musicians and has appeared at a huge range of venues in local communities from libraries and café’s to schools. It's been promoting the exhibition and providing exciting music and creative workshop taster sessions which have encouraged members of local communities to visit the exhibition and take part in the events.

An audio record of the Art Bus and its travels 

The markers on the Google Map below represent the various communities, libraries and art institutions that the Art Bus visited delivering a programme of art sessions and musical performances from West African artists. Click a placemarker to hear audio recorded in that location.

View We Face Forward in a larger map

You can read more about the Art Bus on the Learning @ Whitworth blog.


Martin Barlow, curator of the exhibition Moving Into Space at the National Football Museum talks about the exhibition.

Barthélémy Toguo, Lucy Azubuike and Nnenna Okore, three of the exhibited artists, talk about their work and their interest in using materials which reflect the lifestyle and experience of the people of West Africa.

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Street life, dazzling dress, social commentary and a riot of sensuous colour interweave in a rich assembly of West African art, writes Charles Gore in the Times Higher Education

Nine countries show off their talent as five city venues link up for a summer celebration. Helen Nugent in the Guardian