Multi-Media Arts Bus

In 2014 Big Lottery Community Fund enabled Escape Arts to renovate a redundant youth bus into a versatile, mobile studio, resulting in our ability to deliver exciting creative activities across Warwickshire.

Escape on the Move

Our VW bus allows us to implement many of our educational, community and wellbeing programmes.  It allows us to take these out into the community where elderly, the young and the disadvantaged find it difficult to travel to events and receive support.

It is a media studio, a festival hub, a youth radio station, a music recording space, a mobile community arts space, a tool for creative community consultation, a vehicle for the imagination.

It has throughout its life been transformed to work with over 700 school children, as a WW1 officers mess, a Victorian Christmas parlor, a curiosity of horror spook bus, a crime scene for our CSI children’s detective camps and even a 1960s cocktail bar.  The bus supports many community events across Warwickshire, working with huge audiences at festivals and providing a wide range of creative engagement activities.

Festival Hire

The Escape Arts bus is a great asset at any festival or community event can be be hired to lead a range of creative and activities.

In 2018 Escape Arts were commissioned to lead a family creative zone at Leamingtons’ Art in the Park.  Over a scorching weekend Escape Arts worked with Spencer Jenkins to deliver a community willow sculpture build, Ros Ingram to create recycled festival head dresses, Ali Allen with her fantastic giant ball run, all alongside the bus which itself develop a range of make and take activity and a recycled play landscape. The bus comes with artists and team of creative volunteers, delivering activities for the whole family.

In 2019 Escape Arts were commissioned to run a large play landscape at Stratford’s annual Play Day, again professional artists and volunteers created an amazing play space, with recycled materials and with Lego and storytelling.  The bus provides a vibrant, weatherproof creative space which simply cannot be missed at any event.

Community Consultation

The bus can be hired to deliver a range of community consultation events and activities.  The mobile space can simply turn up at any location enabling us to engage with a wide range of people and locations, from schools, GP Surgeries to supermarkets. How do we engage?  We often use our media equipment on the bus to engage with young people.  Recent work has include consultation work with Stratford High School, Wellesbourne Youth Club and Bidford Youth Club on radio broadcasts, enabling young people to have their say on local issues that affect them. Hire Us

The bus is used to lead creative heritage community engagement, where the bus is transformed into a heritage studio and mobile museum to inspire and work with local people on project themes.  It has been used to support funfair activities on the mop and to collect people’s stories, a 1960’s cocktail bar to record oral histories and even a WWI Officers mess taking soldiers and artefacts into schools.

Santa's Grotto on the Go

Santa’s ‘Grotto on the Go’, is one of our biggest annual projects. The bus is simply transformed into Santa’s Grotto and visits children and families unable to access a traditional Grotto.

The project involves a large community toy drive and an army of volunteer elves who man the toy factory and wrapping station.

Santa visits Warwick Hospital accompanied by his Christmas Elf Choir and also visits schools, Christmas bazaars and supporting partner’s Christmas parties.

You can nominate a family to receive this special visit our ‘Grotto on the Go’ page.

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