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This bus is just the ticket for artist Hayley

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

Artist Hayley Kendal on board the 1992 Leyland Olympus Alexander which will grace the muddy fields of art and music festivals over coming months after it has been converted into an art gallery. A total of 50 artists have already put their names down to exhibit on board   picture: Anna Lythgoe

Artist Hayley Kendal on board the 1992 Leyland Olympus Alexander which will grace the muddy fields of art and music festivals over coming months after it has been converted into an art gallery. A total of 50 artists have already put their names down to exhibit on board picture: Anna Lythgoe

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Artist Hayley Kendal has gone from robots and radiators to converting an old London bus into a travelling gallery.

The 34-year-old has been making mechanical characters out of salvaged metal – from guitar parts to toasters – from her Rust Bucket Workshop for years. But now she has turned her attention to a 1992 Leyland Olympus Alexander which will grace the muddy fields of art and music festivals across the country over coming months.

"It is going to look like a proper gallery and not like a bus at all.

"We went into it completely blind and it is a bit of a dream of ours – it is something we have always wanted to do," added Hayley, whose partner and fellow artist Chris Walker is helping her on the project.

The couple broke down in Quedgeley when they noticed the bus for sale and decided to snap it up for a good price.

A total of 50 artists have already put their names down to exhibit on board at eight locations, from Gloucester to Blackpool.

Hayley, a former South Gloucestershire and Stroud College student, added: "We want to cater for everybody and it won't be a white-walled gallery where everything looks the same and costs several hundreds of pounds, it will very much be a real eclectic mix."

She hopes Rusty Alexander will be at the SportsBeat festival in Gloucester in June.

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