New School Bus Takes Art on the Road


New school bus takes art on the road
Notre Dame College invests to improve access to creative technology

Over 250 Liverpool schoolchildren helped to launch a new high-tech ArtsBus providing a mobile arts centre for creative training and performance for every child on Merseyside and beyond. Operated by Notre Dame Catholic College for the Arts based in Everton, the ArtsBus will also provide a resource for arts and training within the community.

With a recording studio, software for interactive musical tuition and a performance centre the college’s ArtsBus offers the opportunity to bring cutting edge technology to anyone, anywhere, providing there is a parking space. The bus has already been booked for an education and arts conference in Warwickshire in 2011.

Children and adults who might use the bus as part of evening classes or community projects will be able to record and edit music, produce podcasts and animated film, broadcast a radio show or experience working in a TV studio. The bus can deliver workshops in a variety of creative arts including Creative Writing, Visual Arts, photography, film, poetry, song-writing, radio and TV. The bus is certified as an Apple Training Centre and accredited courses will be part of its remit, particularly in the field of the new Creative and Media Diploma and ICT courses at Notre Dame.

Director of Arts at Notre Dame College, Lesley Bentley, along with her colleagues, provided designers with a clear brief of what they wanted to use the ArtsBus for, and what technology they wanted on board.

“We want to make arts and culture accessible to every pupil on Merseyside and across the UK. Art is for everyone and should not be exclusive.  Every child should be able to explore every element of culture and every community should have access to arts provision. Creativity and a desire to learn shouldn’t just exist in school hours in a classroom, this is something everyone should be able to explore”.