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Stagecoach East Midlands partner with Hull School of Art and Design to launch Hull Bus Strokes

14 Mar 2017

In celebration of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, Stagecoach East Midlands has teamed up with the Hull School of Art and Design to transform a double-decker bus into an artistic masterpiece named Hull Bus Strokes.

The students have been asked to produce a design for the bus exterior. The project will form part of their coursework and the winning design, as voted for by Stagecoach and a guest judge, will be painted and displayed on the Hull art bus. The winners will be chosen in April.

The winning composition will be painted onto a double-decker bus, in a street art style, and visitors and residents of Hull will have the opportunity to watch the bus transformed into a visual masterpiece.

Once completed, the bus will be publically unveiled and run on major routes, throughout Hull, for the remainder of the City of Culture year. The bus will create a spectacular moving artist piece, along the streets and roads of Hull, and act as a brilliant showcase for the Hull School of Art and Design. 

The project is a fitting tribute to Hull and its students, as the city celebrates being the 2017 UK City of Culture.  Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: 

“We are delighted to announce details of our exciting art project with Hull School of Art and Design. The double-decker bus will showcase a truly unique piece of art and, by inviting local people to view the transformation; we are involving the whole community. We hope that people get great enjoyment from seeing this very special bus and traveling aboard it, as it travels along major routes throughout the city in 2017.”

Students from across a range of courses are being invited to put forward their proposals for the project. 

Chris Dimmack, of Hull School of Art and Design, said: “We are very excited to work with Stagecoach. This project offers our degree students a valuable opportunity to work with one of the largest bus operators in the UK. The students are looking forward to participating and contributing personally to the UK City of Culture celebrations.

“The final artwork applied to the bus will add an exciting twist to the fabric of the city celebrating the people and rich history of Hull as it tours Bransholme, Greatfield and Orchard Park during the next 12 months. We hope the special 2017 Stagecoach Culture Bus will create a feeling of pride for everyone in the City of Hull.” 

The project comes after Stagecoach has invested £2.7million in a fleet of 15 new double decker buses for Hull. The state-of-the-art vehicles are running on the popular Simplibus network joining main residential areas of Hull with Paragon Interchange through the heart of the city centre, which is currently being transformed by major public realm works.

To find out more about what we are up to this year, go to our Hull UK City of Culture 2017 page!