ANCA Art Bus makes first stop in city centre
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ANCA Art Bus makes first stop in city centre

If you have ever wished your daily commute on an ACTION bus could be livened up with some public art well you're in luck, sort of.

A retired Transport Canberra bus has been transformed into a gallery and studio space and will be open to the public in several locations across the city.

The ANCA Art Bus at its first stop in Garema Place. The Art Bus will host a different Canberra artist each month between November and January.

The ANCA Art Bus at its first stop in Garema Place. The Art Bus will host a different Canberra artist each month between November and January.Credit:ACT Government

The art bus, which opened on Saturday, is an ANCA Gallery and Studios project funded by a grant from the City Renewal Authority.

The bus will showcase contemporary art created by Canberra artists and host art workshops.

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Coordinator Millan Pintos-Lopez said the space offered people the chance to interact with Canberra artists in a unique setting.

"Each month the ANCA Art Bus will host a different artist, who will use the bus as a studio while also showcasing their exhibition," Mr Pintos-Lopez said.

"I encourage everyone to get on board to view the exhibition, chat to the artist or book into one of the free art workshops that will run regularly throughout each month."

The first artist to be featured in the art bus is textile artist Ruby Berry, who will present her exhibition ENCLOSE.

"Softening the walls with dense weavings and tactile forms, the exhibition will combine installation and sculptural works to create a space that encourages feelings of comfort and protection," Mr Pintos-Lopez said.

City Renewal Authority design and place strategy director Andy Sharp said the art bus was another way to utilise Canberra's public spaces in an innovative way.

"The art bus is an exciting project that will bring life to different public spaces around Civic," Mr Sharp said.

"The bus will make Garema Place more fun, colourful and entertaining before moving on to inject this spirit into another of our public spaces.

"Our city grants program is designed to fund projects that contribute to a lively city centre that encourages social exchange and diversity and the ANCA Art Bus is a perfect example of this."

The ANCA Art Bus will be open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm, November to January, spending one month at each location.

The bus will first stop at Garema Place, followed by City Walk and then Civic Square.

Workshops will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm. Follow the Art Bus through the Facebook page or on Instagram.