CCA Art Bus comes to campus

A mobile art work visits campus on Saturday 12 March when the Christie's Contemporary Art (CCA) Art Bus arrives outside Leeds University Union.

The bus - which doubles as an art gallery - was designed by 'The Godfather of Pop Art' Sir Peter Blake, with the aim of creating a rock 'n' roll tour bus for art and artists.  It also tours the country visiting schools, communities, festivals, galleries and art events, showcasing a wide selection of visual art - and particularly prints - to young audiences.

A celebrated artist and painter, Sir Peter created the cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and has worked with artists including The Who, Oasis, Eric Clapton and Paul Weller.

Sir Peter will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University on Saturday, and the visit of the CCA Art Bus forms part of a day of celebrations being held to mark the occasion. Other events include the unveiling of a new portrait by Sir Peter of late Rolling Stones founder member and keyboardist, Ian Stewart.  This coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones playing live at the University of Leeds Refectory.  The Guardian's Robin Denselow will then interview him in a question and answer session about his life and career.

In the evening, one of the UK's leading boogie woogie pianists, Ben Waters, will lead a tribute concert for Stewart in the University's Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall. The concert will feature the Ben Waters Band and special guests, with all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation's Mending Broken Hearts campaign.

For more details of the concert and to book tickets, see the concert box office.

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