Manchester Art Bus
‘We Face Forward – Art From West Africa Today’ is a collaboration between Manchester Art Galleries, Whitworth Art Gallery, Platt Hall Costume Gallery and Band On The Wall running from June – September 2012. http://wefaceforward.org/
Creative Hands Foundation delivered a series of community art workshops with families to create the design for the Manchester minibus. The design represents the ‘wheel of progress’, symbolising the Manchester wheel and textiles that have historically been traded between Manchester and West Africa
The bus is called the ‘The Manchester Tro-Tro bus. The name of the bus ‘Tro-Tro’ which is (pronounced Traw Traw – like ‘draw’) is the name Ghanaians give to their minibus transport. It is the cheapest way to get around Ghana. ‘Tro’ meaning penny.
The Manchester Tro-Tro transports artists throughout the city, visiting schools, community centres, parks, community events and festivals. It is used to raise the profile of the ‘We Face Forward’ exhibition and offer taster activity sessions.