The Fun Art BusRe-Routed 2012-15 FAB A Community Arts Project
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe names below have supported this project as follows:The Lords Giddens, King, Phillips, Rix and Waldegrave and -Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Baroness Bakewell DBE, Peter Boizot MBE DL, Richard Briers CBE, Simon Callow CBE,Sir Ronald Cohen, Sir Christopher Chataway, Antony Gormley OBE, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Nick Hornby, Bob Hoskins,Glenda Jackson CBE MP, Dame Cleo Laine, Roger McGough, Bishop Adrian Newman,Michael Palin CBE, Leon Rosselson Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Diana Rigg, Prunella Scales CBE, Ralph Steadman,Dr. Miriam Stoppard OBE and Sir Tom Stoppard:“We strongly recommend supporting this post-August, 2011, Inter-Action community development project spearheaded by amulti-arts vehicle. It will visit housing estates and Borough/Town centres to establish self-help groups and create a reality for theparticipation of residents locally. It will collaborate with Local Authorities (all those selected have welcomed it) and with localagencies seeking similar positive outcomesWe feel that all relevant Foundations, Trusts, Grant-giving bodies, socially responsible Companies and Philanthropists shouldseriously give this cost-effective project high priority in their deliberations. We also implore the nations leading creators to joinin this important project which could be called:Great British Artists United for Cultural Fairness.”On-going support from HRH the Prince of Wales:“Inter-Action’s imaginative and refreshingly simple schemes are exactly the sort we aim to encourage” (cont...)
FAB A Community Arts ProjectEndorsement from David Lammy MP for Tottenham:“The Fun Art Bus is an inspirational, exciting and valuable project which, through creative and interactiveeducation methods, can have a positive influence on our communities, affirming the vital role of the arts at the heartof our society.The Bus will be travelling through Tottenham, [among many Boroughs/Cities] where children, young people andadults will benefit greatly from the opportunity for engagement with such vibrant and constructive activities,especially as we move forward and recover from the unrest caused by the disorder during August, 2011.I wish the Fun Art Bus and its follow-up community development projects the best of success with this campaign.”
FAB A Community Arts ProjectHistoryIn 1972, Inter-Action the Kentish Town-based international community arts project, launched theFun Art Bus (FAB), under the artistic direction of ED Berman MBEA Routemaster bus was specially converted tocreate a small theatre on the upper deck, writingin the windows and on handouts, poetry out of theticket machine, art works in the advertising spacesroof windows and walls along with a window-boxmime theatre, commissioned music through thesound system and a cinema showing short ﬁlms ,videos and slide-shows downstairs. The Fun Art Bus Book (1973)
FAB A Community Arts ProjectHistoryArtists painted, designed and createdinstallations/sculptures. Playwrights wroteshort plays, which were performed by asmall company of actors and stories wereread to children and handed out for themto take home.The ride and the entertainment were free(the bus ‘tickets’ were poems by writerssuch as Roger McGough) and disembarking The Fun Art Bus (1972) The Windowbox Mime Theatrepassengers received cut-out paper modelsof the bus and Alan Brownjohn’s The BigRed Bus Book. The Fun Art Bus (1972) Henry Goodman as the Clippie
FAB A Community Arts Project HistoryThe Fun Art Bus (1972) ED Berman in checks (left)and Henry Goodman (right) introduce the moonmen The Fun Art Bus (1972) A quintuple decker!
FAB A Community Arts ProjectHistoryOn the Top Deck: World’s Smallest Proscenium Arch Theatre
FAB A Community Arts ProjectHistoryThe FAB became a symbol for a host of Inter-Action activities (high quality professionalArts projects and Arts-Leading-to-Community-Development-objectives). These included: • The Almost Free Theatre • City Farms • Britain’s First Women’s, Gay and Black Theatre Seasons • The First Community Media Van (featuring a mobile ampliﬁed speakerphone which enabled the public to speak to their Local Authority leaders – ‘The World’s Largest Telephone Kiosk’) • The First Purpose Built Community Arts Centre in Europe • The First Community Sports Programme producing Olympic athletes in the UK
FAB A Community Arts ProjectInter-Action Fun Art Bus 2012 & 2013Inter-Action, under the aegis of Rose Bruford College and in association with Unﬁnished Histories, willlaunch an entirely new Fun Art Bus for the Olympic Year and beyond (2012-13, selected LondonBoroughs and 2014, selected major UK towns and cities). The bus comprises several neutral theatre,video and art exhibition spaces. The contents will be entirely new art, literary, musical and theatrecreations; it is not a revival.A specially selected team of students and staff from Rose Bruford College are converting an oldRouteMaster into a mobile multi-arts venue with exhibition spaces, a proscenium arch theatre upstairs,a window theatre for mime downstairs and a portable, outdoor performance platform. Inter-Action willﬁt the vehicle with large LED video screens and as much modern technology as possible for sound,projections, digital arts and IT.The new Fun Art Bus will draw on Inter-Action’s years of experience in both the arts and socialenterprise/community development. This time, the Bus will not only be a vehicle for the arts andentertainment, but its other function will be as a vehicle to introduce community developmentespecially in the arts, social, self-help and cultural activities. The workers for the preparatory anddevelopment phases are called ‘Lone Rangers’ who will arrange workshops in self-help as well asliteracy/numeracy, theatre, art, drawing, etc. “Inter-Action’s imaginative and refreshingly simple schemes are exactly the sort we aim to encourage” HRH The Prince of Wales Statement from the 1979 ﬁlm about three of Inter-Action’s other projects from the 1970s
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: Lone RangersThe Lone Rangers are specially trained workers who combine community arts, self-help and artsworkshop skills. They carry the responsibility for the community arts development aspects of this FunArt Bus project via the ﬁrst of a four phase programme: Contacts and Liaisons.These workers will liaise with the person appointed by the Local Authority to provide contacts. Thecontacts will be approached by the ‘Lone Rangers’ to collaborate and/or help with the programme.The Inter-Action Fun Art Bus Project is not asking Local Authorities for any funding and the visit of theFun Art Bus and its follow-up training/workshops is free of charge. We are attempting to raise thefunding from socially responsible businesses, Arts and Foundation sources. Who Will Participate Locally?
FAB A Community Arts ProjectF.A.B. Key Elements How Can You Participate in Self-Help Locally?CONTACTS & LIAISONS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTWhat Do You Need www. DIALOGUE inter-action. ToParticipate Locally? uk. com TRAINING SUPPORT & INFORMATION
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: CONTACTS AND LIAISONSAfter the initial contacts and liaisons, the Lone Rangers will do the following:• Prepare for the visit of the bus with local Officers, representatives of voluntary agencies and local people• Roam through the audience asking what people think they want• Explain that they will be given training to set up their own self-help group(s) or training workshops• Arrange for the follow-up training visits to establish self-help groups(s)• Set up the website for each visited location• Give out contacts and training sheets for social, local arts and cultural activities/training How Can You Participate in Self-Help Locally?
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: CONTACTS AND LIAISONSPhase 1 (Pre-F.A.B.visit): The Lone Ranger makes arrangements for the arrival of the Fun Art Bus, and establishes a connection between the Local Authority, local community and arts groups, charities, businesses and residents of the speciﬁc Housing Estate.Phase 2 (The F.A.B. visit): During the Fun Art Bus visit, the Lone Ranger interacts with the audience helping them to work out what cultural, community education, arts and social resources they might want to try to obtain locally and run through their own self-help groups. The Lone Ranger will also provide more speciﬁc contact points for information and will set up a future meeting to discuss organising self-help groups, training schemes, literacy/numeracy trainers and work opportunities. How Can You Participate in Self-Help Locally?
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTThe Fun Art Bus is a mobile, multi-arts centre -- a group installation on wheels. Up to 60 artists will beinvited to submit writings, paintings, sculptures, cartoons, music and plays. These will be selected andco-ordinated by the project’s Artistic Director.Well known artists will ‘front’ for emerging artists who will be introduced to the public. Artists whocontribute will retain the ownership and copyrights of their creations. It is intended to have anexhibition of all of the artistic contributions in a secure, central London location after year one.For the special pre-launch offer (May – October, 2012), featuring your local artists and performers,please e-mail us at email@example.comEach FAB visit provides an introduction to a range of arts/cultural activities including: • Theatre • Mime • Painting • Sculpture • Drawing • Cartoon • Film • Dance • Story-telling • Music • Photography • Reading • Poetry • Hip-hop • Concrete Poetry • Video • Zumba • Digital Art • Street Dance • Writing
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: DIALOGUEIf the Local Authority agrees to appoint someone to ﬁeld questions, then anampliﬁed speakerphone will enable residents, surrounded by their friends andneighbours, to gain information orally and directly from their Local Authority.Once residents have been given the conﬁdence to speak to their LocalAuthority, it is hoped that some will feel conﬁdent to continue andbecome more active participants locally and in self-help groups.
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: TrainingFollowing on from the work undertaken in the ﬁrst and second phases -- Contacts & Liaisons, theLone Rangers carry out Phases 3 and 4 of their work:Phase 3 (The follow-up visit): The Lone Rangers return to facilitate follow-up sessions. This may be a creative workshop, a training session in social enterprise or how to set up and run their own self-help groups for various cultural/educational or social purposes. This will be followed by an open meeting to take new suggestions and to answer questions.Phase 4 (Website and The Lone Rangers will hand out leaﬂets guiding people to their own Phone Contact): section of Inter-Action’s website where there will be tailor-made arts/ social/educational/cultural information for their community and contact details for Inter-Action’s support team. What Do You Need This approach enables positive cultural engagement and/or To participation within a community, many months and years after the F.A.B. has moved on… Participate Locally?
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus: SUPPORT & INFORMATIONInter-Action will provide and maintain tailor-made sections of its website for each estate/venuevisited. These will provide the following:1. Photographs and videos of local people participating in the Fun Art Bus visit2. Borough speciﬁc information3. Support for the training/workshops/self-help group sessions4. Evaluations – qualitative and quantitative5. Regular updates among all participants www. inter-action. uk. com
Monday 28th November 2011 This Interim Report sets out the “Financial Recovery for Individuals and Businesses” as follows: “The ﬁnal bill may be around half a billion pounds” !! The report also states that: “330,000 tourists have been predicted to go elsewhere, cutting tourism spending by £520m” Earlier the Evening Standard reported: Wednesday 2nd November 2011Scotland Yard is facing a possible bill of up to £370 million for the four At the same time the cost of police overtime and drafting in reinforcementsdays of unrest that swept the capital in August. and the bill for the criminal enquiry could top £71 million.The bill includes compensations claims from ﬁrms whose properties Ofﬁcials say that while the Government is expected to pick up much of thewere damaged or destroyed in unrest of between £200 to £300 million. bill so far nothing has been agreed. There are fears that the cash-strappedAt the same time the cost of police overtime and drafting in Met will be left facing a shortfall of millions of pounds. John Biggs, thereinforcements and the bill for the criminal enquiry could top £71 London Assembly budget committee chairman, said: “Whatever happensmillion. there will be a cost from the disturbances which will be born by Londoners.” At ﬁrst The Guardian reported this: Tuesday 6th September 2011 “The riots in England will cost the taxpayer more than £133m in policing and compensation for businesses hit by the violence, the home affairs select committee has been told.” This does not include the cost of the judiciary or imprisonment
FAB A Community Arts ProjectProposed Boroughs/Cities For Visits 2012-2013 September 2012- August 2013 September 2013 - December 2014 (6 of the following) • Barking and Dagenham • Hounslow • Birmingham • Croydon • Lambeth • Bristol • Camden • Newham • Liverpool • Enﬁeld • Southwark • Manchester • Greenwich • Tower Hamlets • Nottingham • Hackney • Waltham Forest • Salford • Haringey • Wandsworth • Peterborough NB: 1. Other Boroughs/Cities for visits will be considered upon request 2. Additional follow-up sessions for workshops & self-help training for estates visited will take place from November - March 2012 and 2013
FAB A Community Arts ProjectThe Fun Art Bus – A Timely InitiativeWe believe that the Inter-Action Fun Art Bus and its surrounding project, provided under the aegis ofRose Bruford College and in association with Unﬁnished Histories, has a timely role to play incollaboration with Local Authorities, local voluntary organisations and local residents on housing estates.Inter-Action will draw on its own experience and the experience of the Local Authorities to ensure thatthe hard to reach and disadvantaged gain contacts with the social, arts, educational and cultural activitiesin their wider areas as well as workshops and self-help training.In light of the events of August, 2011, we believe that the Inter-Action Fun Art Bus project can make acontribution to the activities that Local Authorities and Voluntary Agencies will be implementing. It willcollaborate with Local Agencies and involve local people in planning the visits and follow-up training.Local artists of all kinds are welcome to perform on the Bus.Perhaps the most important part of this project is its self-help and self-improvement follow-up training.This will be enhanced by tailor-made online advice and photos/videos of people participating on eachestate. We hope that the overall FAB project will make a small, but meaningful, contribution to thereconstruction of skills, community education, attitudes, opportunities and aspirations of many localchildren, young people and adults regardless of their previous isolation, skills gaps and conﬁdence levels.