THE GHOST BUS 2019: SHARING THE STORY IN NOTTINGHAM (UK)

 

Videoclip by Caron Lyon, who says:”In an informal interview, William Ranieri takes the audience on a journey to explore the eclectic talent of Roberto Alborghetti, Published Writer, Producer, Journalist, Artist, Biographer to Pope Francis … OMG is there anything this guy can’t do well! He was for one night sharing his full story with Beeston’s Ghost Bus faithful. The full interview was live on Facebook and recorded for release at a time to be determined. More about The GhostBus Roberto’s Blog https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress….

Visiting Lake Side Arts at Nottingham University with ACT Group: Roberto Alborghetti and Caron Lyon.

“IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI”: ITALIAN FLAVOUR IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD (UK)

 

Guest Writer:  Inna Schutts, ACT Intern

Photos: Inna Schutts

I met Roberto on June 5, 2019 at Trattoria L’Oliva, a tiny Italian corner in the heart of Beeston. It was supposed to be a day full of pre planned interviews and meetings culminating with a long anticipated showcase of Roberto’s Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project in the evening.

Maybe it’s the Italian attitude that made the day so easygoing or maybe it’s just Roberto himself who happened to have very laid back and cheerful personality. Whatever it was, the interview with local Ey Up Notts TV station was very relaxed, the meetings were more like friendly chats and the evening was like a meet up with old friends.

After Trattoria L’Oliva the plan was to visit Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham but Roberto had another priority – he wanted to visit the most famous statue in Nottingham, that of Robin Hood.  So he went to pay his annual visit to the legendary hero of the area.   After revisiting Robin Hood and a short tram ride to University of Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Roberto had a chance to meet with Mark Dorrington, Keeper of Manuscripts & Special Collections and ask questions about the Weston Gallery’s current exhibition “Facts & Fantasies – Culture & Heritage of the Romantic Age c.1780-1840”.

Later in the evening the ACT team gathered for the last show preparations at The Garage / Gallery at Bartons.  Guests started arriving soon after.  Roberto was greeting people, many of whom he knew from previous visits to Beeston. The evening was a happy occasion for a reunion of what looked like, good friends.

And at 7pm the “In Conversation with… Roberto Alborghetti” began. It was an engaging interview lead by host presenter William Ranieri. The talk covered many areas of Roberto’s past and current work, his vision and inspiration, his love of food and life itself.  Many guests had questions regarding his books about Pope Frances and, unknown to many, facts of the Pope’s daily life.

Two hours flew by rather quickly but the audience was treated to Roberto’s Ghost Bus short film and still had a chance to talk to each other and Roberto afterwards. An ordinary Wednesday in a small British town of Beeston was full of Italian flavour everyone enjoyed.

A SPECIAL “GHOST BUS” EVENT AT THE GALLERY (WED. JUNE 5) IN BEESTON-NOTTINGHAM, UK

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Guest Writer: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Founder of ACT Group

Roberto Alborghetti, the official biographer to Pope Francis, visual artist, best selling author and award-winning environmental journalist, is returning to Beeston, Nottingham next month.

For one evening Roberto Alborghetti will be on stage sharing his fascinating stories which span secrets from the Vatican kitchens in Rome to how a decaying old vehicle in a former bus garage in Beeston inspired his film, The Ghost Bus.

An audience from across the country is gathering on Wednesday evening June 5th to hear Roberto talk about what inspires him and how art is actually lurking around each and every corner of our day to day lives if only we took the time to observe it.

Nostalgia for 1950’s coach tours, the passage of time and a sense of homecoming has created this enduring legacy of the Ghost Bus project.

This was itself originally inspired by close observation by Roberto of a long-preserved historic coach in Bartons’ Docking Shops, buildings which currently house an unusual and much-loved events space. These elements make this ‘In Conversation with’ evening a very special proposition.

The Ghost Bus project with its short films and musical compositions, some from local singer-songwriter, Jeanie Barton means this one off event has come to its spiritual home.

This special Ghost Bus event – “In Conversation with… .Roberto Alborghetti” takes place on Wednesday 5th June from 7 pm at The Gallery, 43 High Road, Beeston, NG9 4AJ.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite: £12.50 | £8 — (£15 on the door)

http://bit.ly/ghostbus2019

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Photo by Christopher Frost – The Ghost Bus is back in the Land of Robin Hood (Bartons Garage, The Gallery, Beeston, Nottingham, Uk)

“… Since the moment we started to put online some pictures, flyers, cards series and video trailers, a lot of people across the world have been expressing, thinking and commenting on the Ghost Bus project. This is the power of visual arts and musical arts. This is the wonder of a family history, the Bartons. This is the beauty of what human beings can do through creativity and mutual cooperation.” (Roberto Alborghetti)

Photo in the Flyer: Roberto Alborghetti at Beeston Marina, by Christopher Frost

In the afternoons of 5th & 6th June, Roberto is attending lecture, gallery tour and meetings at University of Nottingham Lakeside Arts arranged by Shona Powell, Director.

Links: Roberto’s Page on the ACT website:

http://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/robalborg.html

LandRoverMapping Screenings Programme.pdf

I hope this gives you an insight into the project inspiring this event.

A few additional links (you may need Google Translate installed to your browser)

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/about/

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/the-ghost-bus-project/

https://iomiguariro.wordpress.com/about/

https://okayscuola.wordpress.com/tag/roberto-alborghetti/

http://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/ghost-bus-project.html

THE GHOST BUS IS BACK! JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL EVENT ( JUNE 5, THE GARAGE, BEESTON-NOTTINGHAM)

Guest Writer: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Founder of ACT Group

 

For all Beeston Nottingham/shire Derbyshire UK…and everywhere else! Please join us for a special evening in Beeston for The Ghost Bus 2019 – In  Conversation with Roberto AlborghettiWednesday 5th June 7-9pm at The Gallery – The Garage – Event Spaces – Nottingham, 43 High Road, Beeston NG9 4AJ.

Here is your Eventbrite invitation ticketing link:

bit.ly/ghostbus2019

Please Share, thank you! To The Beestonian too!

Roberto Alborghetti, the official biographer to Pope Francis, visual artist, best selling author and award-winning environmental journalist, is returning to Beeston Nottingham for his 6th visit.

For one evening Roberto will be on stage sharing his story with you all. As the title suggests its about conversation. Many in the audience will have met Roberto on his previous visits and the Ghost Bus, the artwork created along with the short films and musical compositions make this a special event for Beeston that could not now take place anywhere in the world except Beeston.

Join us in the audience for this conversation!

Doors Open at 6 pm. There is a licensed bar. Tickets are available at the door for £15.00. Get your Ticket from Eventbrite Early Bird £12.50 Adult | £8 Concession

 

THE GHOST BUS IS BACK IN THE LAND OF ROBIN HOOD!

GUEST WRITER: MARYSIA ZIPSER – FOUNDER OF ACT GROUP

A visual arts creation by Roberto Alborghetti developed from his “Lacer/actions” project, which concerns realistic images (macro photography not manipulated) of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials.

Roberto says, “While touring Bartons garage in Chilwell, Nottingham (in October 2014) I chanced upon classic vehicles including ‘The Ghost Bus’, a 1956 URR 865 Reliance, which had spent 20 years slumbering in an open field in Suffolk.”

The Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project consists of two 14 minute films for public performance; “The Ghost Bus” and “Land Rover Mapping”.  Each has a short film trailer which can be viewed “Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?” and “Can you believe that this art from an old Land Rover?”  In addition he has produced 4 related short videos of macro images taken around Beeston and on Nottingham’s streets: Ghost Bus Seaside Town with music by Simon, Richard, James and Tom Barton Colours of Nottingham Streets to “Can I think of Love” a song by Jeanie Barton Images of Beeston Streets ‘like blossom’ accompanied by “Soon” a song by Jeanie Barton Beeston Rylands – a short film along the Canalside

These are available to view together on a YouTube playlist   http://www.artculturetourism.co.uk/blog/land-rover-mapping-electronic-press-kit-epk

The Ghost Bus Project exhibits the power of combining visual and musical arts; the wonder of family history (the Barton family firm was for a time the largest independent bus operator in the world) and the beauty of what human beings can do through creativity and mutual cooperation.  It encourages us to take the time to look more closely at our surroundings and discover the stories our environment can tell us.

This visual arts film project is now touring! Next stop: in Beeston and Nottingham again, at the beginning of June 2019 (5-8). Let’s get on The Ghost Bus!

The Ghost Bus film premiere at Bartons Plc – Photo by Christopher FROST

“SOON” VIDEO: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL VERSION…COLORS, FLOWERS AND BEES…

A very special “Valentine’s Day” version of “Soon”, video created in collaboration with jazz singer and composer Jeanie Barton. Her wonderful voice goes with my abstract photos from “Lacer/actions” project and research. Pictures and great vocals. The macro-photos of cracks and scratches on poles were taken along the streets in Beeston-Nottingham on March 2017. The videoclip is part of “The Ghost Bus Roads” project promoted by Bartons Plc, Roberto Alborghetti Lacer/actions and ACT Group founded by Marysia Zipser. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“THE GHOST BUS” PROJECT IN THE BEESTONIAN FEBRUARY INTERNATIONAL ISSUE

The Beestonian colour magazine celebrates ACT’s 5th birthday & Cultures Crossing 2019 events and The Ghost Bus project, with lovely feature by Debra Urbacz of Creative Beeston! ACT’s founder is Marysia Zipser. Here the link to Issue website where we can browse all The Beestonian February International issue. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE “GHOST BUS PROJECT” IN GIF: COLORS FROM A VINTAGE VEHICLE (NOTTINGHAM, UK)

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Can you believe that this art is from an old bus?“… The few pictures you see in this gif are not paintings, but simply photos I took in Beeston, Nottingham (UK) around an old bus at the garage of Bartons family. They are part of “The Ghost Bus Project” that I have brought forward in collaboration with Bartons Plc and its owner Simon Barton, ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and its founder Marysia Zipser. It all started in October 2014 when Marysia Zipser took me to  Bartons huge garage of vintage buses and cars.

 I was really impressed by one of the oldest buses,  the so called “The Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English public transport: it’s a URR 865 vehicle AEC Reliance made in 1956! Simon Barton told me that a vehicle-sister of the   “ghost bus” was documented in 1959 on a wonderful and unmissable film telling a beautiful journey through Italy by a group of English ladies and gentlemen. It was another great reason to establish a collaboration building a bridge  between the Land of Robin Hood and Italy…

So, I began to work and create on the “ghost bus” for my “Lacer/actions” project concerning realistic images of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials. The project consisted of two short movies for public performances and video shows, a cards series (reproducing 16 artworks selected from the 109 ones that has been created) and special events that took place in Beston, Chilwell, Nottingham and in Tuscany (Mount Amiata, Siena).

Infos, galleries and flyers at:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/the-ghost-bus-project/

 

COLORS & SCRATCHES ALONG NOTTINGHAM AND BEESTON STREETS (UK) #1

© Roberto Alborghetti

The pictures featured in this photo-gallery aren’t paintings (oils, acrylics, watercolors or digital works), but just natural, random and not manipulated macro photos of the amazing imperfection of the real world we CAN see around us. I saw these scratches and decomposed matters along Beeston and Nottingham streets (UK) – the Land of Robin Hood – during my last visit, in March. Yes, where The Ghost Bus and the Land Rover Mapping projects have been made… 

Interested in purchasing these images in exclusive and original copies? Please contact: ro.alb@alice.it ; funtasyeditrice@gmail.com

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Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of torn and decomposed outdoor advertisings, natural cracks, scratches and urban/industrial tokens. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this photo-gallery showing some works from the collection of about 110.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

A Roberto Alborghetti Solo Show (“Colors of an Apocalypse”) was displaced for 100 days in the enchanting Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany (Piancastagnaio, Siena, Italy) and in the Romanesque Temple on Lake Como (Lenno). In Nottingham he developed 2 projects (The Ghost Bus, The Land Rover Mapping) with Bartons Plc and ACT Group founded by Marysia Zipser.

WONDERFUL NIGHT IN BEESTON NOTTINGHAM (UK) FOR THE PREMIÈRE OF “LAND ROVER MAPPING” SHORT FILM

Rust and Dust: The Secret Life of a Land Rover

Guest Writer: CHRISTOPHER FROST, Journalist and Photographer

Photos: CHRISTOPHER FROST, GAIL-SPALDING FROST, CARON-JANE LYON, LAMAR FRANCOIS

A little bit of Italy came to Beeston tonight in the form of author and artist Roberto Alborghetti, who was in town for the world premiere of his latest mini movie called ‘Land Rover Mapping’. And like his last film ‘The Ghost Bus’, it features one of Barton’s vintage vehicles.

It was screened at the Chilwell Arts Centre, in front of an appreciative audience, including the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Mayor of Broxtowe and the Bishop of Nottingham. Also in attendance was celebrity butcher Johnny Pusztai, and several members of the Barton family. The event had been organised by Marysia Zipser of Beeston’s ACT (Art, Culture, Tourism) organisation.

Six short films were screened altogether, including the original Ghost Bus film, which had also received its world premiere in Beeston during February 2015 at the former Barton’s bus depot. This event also included seeing the actual bus itself, which had been illuminated in a spooky fashion to extol its ghostlike appearance, as it had lain rotting away in a farmer’s field in Suffolk for some 20+ years.

‘Land Rover Mapping’ is a 14-minute film, which continues the theme of macro photography; showing up the rust, scratches and imperfections of the vehicle that was built in 1955 and has been owned by the Barton family for at least forty years.

Roberto is just on a flying visit to Beeston, as he returns to Italy on Saturday, to continue with the launch of his latest book about Pope Francis.