About the CCA Art Bus

CCA Galleries have been publishing original prints by British Artists for over 37 years. Currently CCA work with  Peter Blake outside the Art Busartists such as Sir Peter Blake, Maurice Cockrill RA, Bruce Mclean, Barbara Rae CBE RA and Storm Thorgerson to name just a few. We also worked with the late Sir Terry Frost RA, John Hoyland RA, Donald Hamilton Fraser RA and Sandra Blow RA. 

CCA Galleries supply other Galleries all over the UK and support these galleries with travelling shows, which the artists may attend. CCA also sells directly to the public from its website (www.ccagalleries.com) and at prestigious art fairs such as The London Art Fair, and 20/21 International Art Fair at the Royal College of Art. 

The Concept and History of the Art Bus:

In March 2008 CCA opened an exhibition of work by Sir Peter Blake in Brighton. Sir Peter and Lady Blake along with the Gallery owners and Directors of CCA discussed the idea of a travelling show that would have the ethos of a Rock n' Roll tour, and so the concept of the Art Bus was born.  Primarily this facility would enable smaller galleries to benefit from the extra hanging space the bus would provide.
art bus travels through London
By May of the same year Lance Trevellyan MD of CCA, had bought a 20-year-old double decker, which had in a previous life toured the streets of Liverpool. The dream was to convert the old bus into something very special. The bus has been designed so that the top deck is a gallery space and the lower seating and entertainment area. The roof had to be raised by six inches to accommodate taller people and ensure that the artwork could be viewed properly, a balcony was also created to give the gallery a feeling of greater space. Sir Peter designed the exterior of the bus in a rock n' roll pop art style, ensuring that its appearance is flamboyant, beautiful and of course groovy. 

As the Art Bus evolved it became apparent that it could serve more functions than simply being a mobile gallery; it would also be used as an educational tool, providing an exciting platform from which to introduce school children into the world of visual arts and would be taken to schools, art colleges and public venues. 

The Launch of the Art Bus

The official launch of the CCA Art Bus was on the 7th May 2009. We took the public and special guests on a tour of iconic London pop art locations such as Battersea Power Station and Abbey Road. At each location we were joined by special guests such as Storm Thorgerson, Kevin Spacey and  Helen Mirren, the bus was hosted by Sir Peter Blake himself. (see all the pictures from the launch here) The tour finished up with a party at the Mother Advertising Firm in Shoreditch, where a retrospective of Blake’s was open to the public for the following month.