Skippko Project - Not On My Bus Route!«Back to Projects Index
And they said:
“Brilliant! What humour and humility – we are all connected by more than a bus route!”
“It was lovely meeting the other groups and seeing what they do.”
Not On My Bus Route! was an exciting arts project which focussed on the communities along the 2 and 12 bus route in Leeds (which doesn’t go past Leeds Art Gallery!) The project brought together 5 groups of people from different communities who are connected by the bus route but who would not normally meet.
The project aimed to break down barriers around engaging with art in a formal setting. Community cohesion was also important – participants could meet people outside their own local communities and build new social networks, gaining understanding of each other’s cultures and values. The groups involved were:
Artful Dodgers – mental health support group supported by Neshama (Leeds Jewish Care Services) based in Moortown;
Button Hill Club – Afro-Caribbean social group for older people from Chapeltown;
Koshish – self-help group for Asian women with mental health issues, based in Harehills;
Sitara – support and social group for Asian women of all ages from across the city, supported by Women’s Health Matters and based in Harehills;
Women Making Choices – women’s support group from Beeston, supported by South Leeds Health for All. Participants were white working-class British women.
Participants met for two hours once a week for 15 weeks to create group pieces of artwork using Leeds Art Gallery as an inspiration. Linking sessions gave a chance for the groups to meet up and create further artwork, and to share their ideas, thoughts and experiences.
The project culminated in a large celebratory event at Leeds Art Gallery, where all artwork was exhibited, and participants received certificates. Some participants also took a trip round the bus route, handing out postcards of the finished artworks to passengers, with the support of Skippko staff