NOTTINGHAM (UK): BUILDING BRIDGES (AND POSITIVE REBELLION) AROUND AN OLD BUS

 

Guest Writer: DAWN LINDSON, Act Intern

Photos: Tracey Whitefoot, Inna Schutts, William Ranieri

After a busy day leaving behind a sunny cultural island that has plenty of natural beauty and so much Art to explore…  In case you hadn’t guessed, the place I was describing is Majorca!  I was pleased to arrive home in time to catch Roberto Alborghetti’s Ghost Bus 2019 performance live at the Bartons Garage.  I had heard so much about him through ACT and how he has a special interest in Beeston so I was very curious to learn more.

He spoke of how he sees colours, I found this fascinating and it prompted questions from the audience.  He said “Colours are our energy…..our life!” A comment I couldn’t agree more with, especially since I have a craze for colourful things.  I guess we all see colours differently and his perspective was quite unique.  Roberto loves the colour red and when he first came to Nottingham he saw that in the bricks, which for him are a symbol of structure and history of our city. This became the inspiration for his first production called “Colours of Nottingham.”  He collaborated with singer Jeanie Barton (who I met at my first ACT event) to create visual and musical films which will be on her new CD album called “Moments of Clarity”.

However the things that I found struck a chord with me most were listening to him discuss some of the 6 books he had recently published.  One of them “Dining with Pope Francis” covers his passion of food for survival and how we are what we eat.  As a world we waste so many consumer goods which is totally unnecessary and is having negative effects on our world.  Roberto described how he believes food waste is the biggest problem in our world today and said Italy wastes 40 billion euros of food each year.

He also aims to have a positive influence on school children with his “Social or Dis-Social?” guide.  He rightly acknowledges that the use of digital technology is a great source of education when used appropriately.  However, 90% of children are using it inappropriately by spending too much time chatting online and playing violent video games.

He has concerns that children as young as 6 are losing as much as 4 hours a day on their smartphones, this also increases to 6 hours for teenagers.  Not only is this causing negative social effects but they are being affected by blue light.  He is concerned that some people are allowing the digital world to destroy their lives and recognises the importance of a sensible approach to using the internet.  The important message he wants to get across to school children, is to use their smartphone to better themselves and create a better world for everyone to live in.

It was interesting listening to him having a discussion with the presenter William Ranieri live on stage and I also enjoyed watching the videos which were displayed on the large screen.  He has a very imaginative approach to taking photographs, which would inspire photographers all around the world.  However, he is not just a great Artist but also a great influencer on important sociological issues the world is facing.  He finished the evening by answering questions from the audience.  I will look out for his next event in Beeston and perhaps next time I will be able to meet him in person.

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Guest Writer: MARYSIA ZIPSER, Founder of ACT Group

Last week Beeston welcomed the annual return of ACT special guest Roberto Alborghetti from Italy who is the official biographer to Pope Francis, visual artist, best selling author and award winning environmental journalist.

During a 4 day organised program, a publicised event took place at The Garage / Gallery events venue at Bartons Chilwell on Wednesday 5th June – ‘The Ghost Bus 2019 – In Conversation with…Roberto Alborghetti’.  It was a fascinating and engaging evening hosted by native Italian journalist and Director-Producer, William Ranieri from TheLatestTV in Brighton.

As a visual artist Roberto had already started, nearly 20 years ago, a project called “Laser/Actions” focusing on images of natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials.

Roberto explained about how, while touring the classic vehicles at Bartons during his first 2014 visit, he chanced upon the Ghost Bus, a 1956 URR 865 Reliance, which had spent 20 years slumbering in an open Suffolk field. He started to take macro photographs of what he ‘saw’ in the old vehicle – Lands, Horizons, Seas, Skies.

He left inspired to make a short film about the Ghost Bus which was premiered at Bartons March 2015 when the old bus was stage illuminated. In October that year, the film was shown in Piancastagnaio Tuscany during a week long ACT tour by eight Beeston friends. His Ghost Bus images have since spawned designs for fashion like The Volcano Dress, textiles and wine labelling.

The Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project is now touring.

Since 2016 Roberto has been collaborating with Beeston singer/songwriter Jeanie Barton to create visual and musical films including Colours of Nottingham Streets to “Can I Think of Love?” and Images of Beeston to “Soon”, featured on Jeanie’s newly launched CD album ‘Moments of Clarity’.

He talked about Pope Francis and latest best seller “Dining with Pope Francis” translated into 15 languages, food and food waste and his guide books for children – the ‘Social or Dis-Social’ boom and one about the use of smartphones and cyberbullying.  When asked about what Robin Hood means to him today, Roberto answered “…positive rebellion and courage.”

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Michael Brown said, “I was pleased to be invited to this event and was fascinated by the excellent work.  It’s delightful to see the creative community bringing events like this to our Borough.”

The whole conversation with film/music clips and stills was LIVE streamed and can be seen via https://www.facebook.com/artculturetourism/

For further information about Roberto Alborghetti and The Ghost Bus events please see www.artculturetourism.co.uk Email:  events@artculturetourism.co.uk .

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

 

THAT RUSTY “GHOST BUS” IS A PIECE OF HISTORY OF ENGLISH PUBLIC TRANSPORT

“The Ghost Bus” is back in the Land Of Robin Hood… Don’t miss the special event on next Wednesday June 5, 2019, from 7 pm at The Gallery, 43 High Road, Beeston, NG9 4AJ, promoted by ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) and its founder Marysia Zipser. This story began in Beeston-Nottingham in October 2014, when I spent some hours in 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 (above: the original movie).  

So, I took lot of photos around that old bus and then I began to create for my  “Lacer/actions” project concerning realistic images of decomposed publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials. The whole project consist of 3 short movies (included “Land Rover Mapping”) only for public performances. 

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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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

LAND ROVER MAPPING – MESSAGE #4: “WHAT FILM, ART AND MUSIC DO…”

The Ghost Bus is back to the Land of Robin Hood! ACT Group and Marysia Zipser planned a great March of events with a special tribute to Italy. Read the official program in the latest press release attached below. One of the main event will be at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on Friday 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm, with the world premiere of “Land Rover Mapping” short film by Roberto Alborghetti, ACT Group and Bartons PLC.  So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover!

This is timed schedule list in order of sequence of the great Video Show at Chilwell Arts Theatre in Beeston, Nottingham, UK, on March 9, 2018: The original “The Ghost Bus”, Short Film by Roberto Alborghetti created with pictures of the old Bus at Barton Garage; The Ghost Bus Seaside Town, Video by Roberto Alborghetti / Music by Barton Family; Colours of Nottingham Streets: “Can I Think of Love?”,  Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with image created along Nottingham streets;  Beeston Rylands short film by Canalside; “Soon”, Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with Beeston images; Land Rover Mapping Film, World Premiere of the Short Film made at Barton Garage.

Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

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The Ghost Bus is travelling to the Land of Robin Hood and to Beeston again. Showing at Chilwell Arts Theatre, on FRIDAY 9th MARCH 2018, from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm. I would like to cordially invite you to join ACT’s Marysia Zipser and esteemed guests to salute a rusty old Land Rover discovered at Bartons’ Garage, in Chilwell, Beeston (Nottingham, UK). So, join us for an epic voyage through the colors and shapes of an old and rusty Land Rover. This is timed schedule list in order of sequence of the great Video Show at Chilwell Arts Theatre in Beeston, Nottingham, UK, on March 9, 2018:

1. The original “The Ghost Bus”, Short Film by Roberto Alborghetti created with pictures of the old Bus at Barton Garage.   

2. The Ghost Bus Seaside TownVideo by Roberto Alborghetti / Music by Barton Family.

3. Colours of Nottingham Streets: “Can I Think of Love?”,  Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with image created along Nottingham streets.

4. Beeston Rylands short film by Canalside

5. “Soon”, Song by Jeanie Barton, Video by Roberto Alborghetti with Beeston images. 

6. Land Rover Mapping Film, World Premiere of the Short Film made at Barton Garage.

Can you believe that this art is from an old Land Rover?

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AUTISM AND ART: COLORS AND EMOTIONS AROUND THE GHOST BUS. SCENES FROM AN EXPERIENCE

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Videoclip by Roberto Alborghetti; Soundtrack: “Day One” by Audiomachine. Scenes from a creative experience which involved autistic and disabled kids in Aprilia, Latina (Rome area, Italy). Led by teacher Patrizia Sapri, they worked to reproduce the abstract photos taken by Roberto Alborghetti around the old and rusty bus at Bartons Plc (Beeston – Nottingham, UK) for the Ghost Bus Project, “A visual adventure in the Land of Robin Hood” by Roberto Alborghetti, Bartons Plc and ACT Group. Next project: “Taking the Blue Moon” basing on the drawing by Mitrani Yarden for Hopes Project.

Drawings for The Ghost Bus

Drawings for The Ghost Bus

1 YEAR ABOARD THE GHOST BUS / FROM NOTTINGHAM TO TUSCANY: A STORY FROM THE LAST ISSUE OF “BEESTONIAN” MAG

THE BEESTONIAN magazine - December 2015

From the last issue of THE BEESTONIAN magazine (December 2015): story by Christopher Frost about “The Ghost Bus” project, from Nottingham (UK) to Tuscany (Italy).