Ghost Bus 2019 with Roberto Alborghetti -
I met Roberto on June 5, 2019 at Trattoria L’Oliva, a tiny Italian corner in the heart of Beeston.
It was supposed to be a day full of pre planned interviews and meetings culminating with a long anticipated showcase of Roberto’s Ghost Bus ‘Roads’ Project in the evening. Maybe it’s the Italian attitude that made the day so easygoing or maybe it’s just Roberto himself who happened to have very laid back and cheerful personality. Whatever it was, the interview with local Ey Up Notts TV station was very relaxed, the meetings were more like friendly chats and the evening was like a meet up with old friends.
Later in the evening the ACT team gathered for the last show preparations at The Garage / Gallery at Bartons. Guests started arriving soon after. Roberto was greeting people, many of whom he knew from previous visits to Beeston. The evening was a happy occasion for a reunion of what looked like, good friends. And at 7pm the “In Conversation with... Roberto Alborghetti” began.
It was an engaging interview lead by host presenter William Ranieri. The talk covered many areas of Roberto’s past and current work, his vision and inspiration, his love of food and life itself. Many guests had questions regarding his books about Pope Frances and, unknown to many, facts of the Pope’s daily life.
Two hours flew by rather quickly but the audience was treated to Roberto’s Ghost Bus short film and still had a chance to talk to each other and Roberto afterwards.
An ordinary Wednesday in a small British town of Beeston was full of Italian flavour everyone enjoyed.
An old bus brings Pope's biographer back to Beeston
Roberto Alborghetti, the official biographer to Pope Francis, visual artist, best selling author and award-winning environmental journalist, is returning to Beeston.
This special Ghost Bus event
“In Conversation with… .Roberto Alborghetti”
Wednesday 5th June from 7 pm at
The Gallery, 43 High Road, Beeston, NG9 4AJ.
£12.50 | £8 — (£15 on the door)
Beeston Set to Host Global Gathering for Italian Art Exhibition
TICKET LINK - www.landrovermapping.eventbrite.com
A global gathering is set to descend on Beeston this March as international artists and film-makers descend on the town for a stimulating art and cultural weekend of events.
Marysia at The Hive, in front of Giuseppe Capineri artworks (left) and ‘This is Monday’ print on board by Joe Ganech (right).
Land Rover Mapping - premiere flyer - Web Version jpg
Holding ‘Secret Beeston’ book by Frank Edmund & Joseph Earp with artworks by Rand Heidinger behind, at ACT gallery, The Hive.
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Marysia Zipser, CEO of Art-Culture-Tourism, has organised the Italy Arts and Photography Exhibition, featuring award-winning professional journalist, author and visual artist, Roberto Alborghetti. The exhibition is a result of Marysia’s work to build a relationship between Italy and Beeston.
Taking place during the weekend of Beeston Film Festival (for which ACT is Sponsor of Best Audience Award), Art-Culture-Tourism at The Hive in Beeston will be running the exhibition from March 9 to 24.
Along side art work by Roberto there will be photographs of Italy by local and international contributors, locally handmade Italian-leather shoes crafted by shoemaker Peter Bullock and work by visual artist Joe Ganech who is visiting the UK during the exhibition too.
The exhibition comes after the Art Culture Tourism opening at The Hive on January 6.
Marysia said: “Since it opened it has become a sanctuary for people to talk about art and heritage, and all of the businesses based here work well as a team”.
Marysia’s gallery also features work from Canadian artist Rand Heidinger, who may be visiting this year. Rand’s work can be found in private, corporate and public collections throughout Canada and the United States as well in HRH Prince Phillip’s collection of the ‘Arts for Nature Trust’ in Buckingham Palace.
Also for the first time on global public view, are thirteen artworks by Florentine painter Giuseppe Capineri (1923-1994) collected by Marysia during her time as UK agent for Giuseppe in the 1980s.
Roberto is a prolific author and visual artist from Bergamo and this visit will be his fifth to Beeston in less than four years. His biographical volumes on Pope Francis have been published into multiple languages across the world.
During his visit, Roberto will be premiering his latest film ‘Land Rover Mapping’, alongside his previous successful short films of The Ghost Bus, on March 9th 7-9pm at Chilwell Arts Theatre.
The original film is about a bus which was rescued from a Suffolk field and is now kept in Bartons garage in Beeston, which is where Roberto discovered it. It gave him the inspiration for his film which has earned him a strong following.
Joe Ganech is a Spanish born, Belgian artist, who Marysia also represents and whose work is on display at the gallery. His work ‘Queen Victoria Complete’ will be presented to Royalty later this year and he will be also visiting Nottingham from March 7 to 14, as well as Memphis USA artist Kimberly Pelkey.
For a list of confirmed VIP attendees this can be found in the full press release document.
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Notes & Links to Editors:
Ghost Bus Project web page: https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/the-ghost-bus-project/
Barton Bus Company website: http://www.bartonsplc.co.uk/
Visiting Artist Joe Ganech’s website: www.joeganech.com
Featured ACT Artist, Rand Heidinger: http://modernist.ca/
Visiting Artist Kimberly Pelkey webpage: https://www.behance.net/pelkeysoutc837
Peter Bullock’s Fine Shoes “The English Shoemakers”: https://englishshoemakers.co.uk/
Land Rover Mapping Screening Venue: https://www.facebook.com/chilwellartstheatre/
Beeston Film Festival Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/beestonfilm/
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Following the Ghost Bus screenings in Nottingham's City Council House, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham Councillor Mohammed Saghir awarded Art-Culture-Tourism's Marysia Zipser with Certificate for making a positive contribution to the Community, on Wednesday.
They talked about the international GHOST BUS Project, ACT Int'l Art & Photography Exhibitions and art based events supporting professional artists in Nottingham & Beeston and well as the Mayor's personal international tourism initiatives in Pakistan where he and his family are from including Islamgarh, Mirpur District near Mangla Dam of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Marysia discovered Charity particularlly close to his heart the "British Friends of Islamgarh Welfare Trust".
THE GHOST BUS / WONDERFUL NIGHT IN NOTTINGHAM (UK) FOR THE SHORT FILMS PREMIERE: “A MEMORABLE EVENT”
First published by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI
- March 30, 2015
A great and wonderful night in Chilwell, Nottingham last Friday March 27, for the short films premiere of “The Ghost Bus” project I carried out with Bartons PLC and ACT Group. The huge Bartons garage was set up in three different spaces hosting a “memorable event” (Celia Clayton, Pin Sharp Marketing).
Many artists, photographers, media operators and fellow bloggers participated in the occasion considered as a special and unique presentation of the short movies dedicated to the old bus. Simon Barton with James, Tom, Jeanie and Fiona, received the guests at the Gallery. Marysia Zipser, founder of ACT Group, introduced the event inviting the audience to move around and experience the different areas of Bartons PLC, and where an extraordinary and magical setting was prepared for the old and historical vehicle.
The short films premiere at Bartons Plc was supported by media, social networks and bloggers. Special thanks go to Sharon Walia of Notts TV (she interviewed me around the Ghost Bus), Simon Wilson (editor of EG, The Nottingham Post), Christopher Frost (photographer/journalist, The Beestonian, Nottingham Daily Photo), Alison Emm (editor at LeftLion magazine), Emvan (East Midland Visual Arts Network), Richard Cook (curator of Carnival of Monsters Contemporary Art Festival), Paul Boyd (photographer), Robert Richardson (visual artist/writer), Pam Miller (fine artist) and Marina Cortesi (Punto e Linea, Italy, for making the four canvases limited-edition and cards).
The special event saw the participation of Anna Soubry MP, Mrs Webb (of Webb Vehicle Collection and owner of the old bus) and artists, art operators and students from University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University.
Before the short films projection I had the opportunity to tell how the project was born and developed.
This is what I said:
“Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen!
I’m so glad to be here with you for this special premiere of The Ghost Bus project. I really dreamed this night last October just in the same moment I left Bartons Plc after my visit. I still remember what I said that day to Simon Barton and Marysia Zipser: “Here I saw incredibile stuff for my visual art… Let’s stay in touch… I’m going to create something you’ll surely would like”.
I was deeply impressed by one of the oldest buses, the so-called “Ghost Bus”, a piece of history of English transport: a sister vehicle made in 1956 was also documented in a wonderful film of a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday taken in Italy in 1959. That was another great reason to establish a collaboration building a bridge between the Land of Robin Hood and Italy…
I was also stricken by the story of Bartons Buses. They were the first bus company to have continental holidays by coach and also they had heaters on their pre-war Leylands. And Bartons was the first company to provide their drivers and conductors with a uniform fit for them to go to church in…
So I began to create, processing and selecting hundreds of pictures I took that day around the old bus…
Transforming and turning pictures of ripped and decomposed publicity posters (on outdoor billboards), natural and random cracks and scratches, industrial crevices and deteriorations into “art subjects”: this is the aim (and the challenge) of my research-action (named “Lacer/actions”) which investigates, analyses and exploits the incredible dimension of decomposition, decay, degradation and mutation of outdoor advertising, urban structures and industrial materials, as The Ghost Bus.
My whole concept is “making art” from industrial deconstructionism, caught on camera, on macro scale. My shots actually capture the randomness of deconstructionism, letting the picture tell the story. I catch and document the reality. And I don’t change what I see. There’s nothing contrived, or manipulated… I love showing what I see. I always catch the flakes of paint in their true state and experience the environment while I’m shooting the pictures.
So, I’m back at Bartons to premier two short films compiling images of The Ghost Bus. For the first film “Epic Voyage”, which lasts 13 minutes, I chose a powerful and stately soundtrack composed and performed by Audiomachine. The flow of images are grouped into four themes (Maps, Lands, Horizons and Skies), they are illustrated by a number of citations on the ‘journey’, penned by great authors of world literature, from Kerouac to Hemingway. The first group of images come from an historic Land Rover vehicle that was parked next to the bus when I visited the depot…
I’ve perceived its colours and shapes as “maps” to the Ghost Bus…
The second film is 6 minutes in length and entitled “Seaside Town”. It is set to a soundtrack composed, arranged and performed by Simon, Richard, James and Tom Barton, who have participated with great enthusiasm in the project. Their soundtrack is emotive and highlights the human history of this vehicle and the hundreds of thousands of miles the bus travelled bringing pleasure to so many people.
For these short films I worked on details and particulars. A few centimeters of rusty iron surfaces reveal palettes of landscapes, dawns and sunsets. Or – as I’d like to say – the rebellion of the skies… I think that every image may be considered a sort of a singular painting. That’s the reason why, for the second film, I chose to show them in frames, while splashes of watercolors dot the background of the pictures, creating a colorful kaleidoscope effect.
We made “The Ghost Bus” experience not for a commercial purpose. We did it for the joy to create, to tell a story and to share, building bridges of collaboration and friendship between people, countries and the world wide web.
Since the moment we started to put on line some pics, 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 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.
My warmest thanks to those who made possible this dream and project: Simon Barton and his family, Richard, James and Tom, Jeanie Barton, Marysia Zipser, founder of ACT Group, Marina Cortesi (Punto e Linea, Italy, for making the four canvases limited-edition and cards), all the people who worked to organize and prepare this special event, to fellow bloggers and journalists who supported the films premiere. And to you all, for your kind presence here tonight!
Thank you so much!” ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI
PHOTOS BY PAUL BOYD and ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT
First posted on 15th March 2015 (archived blog post)
By Marysia Zipser
Roberto Alborghetti is an exceptional Italian; an internationally celebrated author, journalist and visual artist. While in the process of promoting his second official biography of our present Pope he happened to visit Bartons’ former bus depot in High Rd, Chilwell, having been invited by fellow blogger Marysia Zipser, founder of ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) in Beeston.
As an artist Roberto had already started a project called “Lacer/Actions” focusing on images of natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials – he became haunted by the Ghost Bus and its story and has made it the focus of his new work.
On Friday March 27 he returns to Bartons to premier two short films compiling images of the Ghost Bus. The first film “Epic Voyage”, which lasts 13 minutes, is accompanied by a powerful, almost ecclesiastical soundtrack; the flow of images are grouped into four themes (Land, Horizons, Maps and Heavens), they are illustrated by a number of citations on the ‘journey’, penned by great authors of world literature, from Kerouac to Hemingway.
The second film is 6 minutes in length and entitled "Seaside Town”, which is the name of the emotive soundtrack that highlights the human history of the vehicle and the hundreds of thousands of miles this bus travelled bringing pleasure to so many.
Bartons had already recently been given a documentary made by professional film maker Bill Freeman of a Road Cruise Holiday taken in Italy in 1959 in glorious Kodachrome colour – the featured coach is a sister bus, the same model as Ghost Bus, and the destination is equally spooky in relation to this project. There will also be an opportunity for people to watch this 45 minute film.
“The road never ends... only our vision does.” (A. Reddy)
The Ghost Bus Films Premiere 28th March 2015
(archived post first published 29th March 2015)
By Marysia Zipser
On behalf of Roberto Alborghetti, Bartons plc and ACT Group, we would like to thank you for attending Friday’s magical evening with us at The Gallery and Garage and viewing the short films premiere and experiencing the presence of the Ghost Bus itself in all its glory!
We were delighted to receive so many compliments and comments but unfortunately my memory was not retentive enough to record many of them so could I ask you please to respond to me by email with any comments you would like to share with us on both films, the three settings, the Ghost Bus, the organisation etc, which will all contribute to improving other arts events in the future at Bartons or wherever the venue may be.
Ghost Bus @ Bartons March 2015 photos by Paul Boyd
Also don’t forget to browse Roberto’s website above to see more of his artworks, information and background...and please do give us your suggestions on the continuation of the Ghost Bus project and films!
Many thanks again, and look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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