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03 May 16

Arriva is teaming up with the Liverpool Biennial 2016 festival of contemporary art on an exciting new project.

Liverpool Biennial 2016

For the next few years a fleet of doubledeckers will be transformed into moving works of art.

The buses will be wrapped in designs conceived by international artists and will play an important role in the festival, which runs from July 9 to October 16.

The first of the buses will be launched in June and has been designed by pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy, together with design group Hato.

The design will pay homage to records found on NASA’s Voyager spacecraft in 1977 and features coded messages from ‘outerspace’ for the citizens of Liverpool to interpret.

Portuguese artist Ana Jotta and Liverpoolbased artist Frances Disley will create designs for two further buses.

Arriva North West and Wales marketing director Mark Bosworth said: “Liverpool Biennial is a huge event and we at Arriva are delighted to be participating.

“The festival takes place across multiple sites in the city and so bus transport is going to play a key part in maximising vistors’ experiences of the event.

“We’re hoping our buses will be a key attraction while the Biennial is on and we can’t wait for its opening!”

IMAGE ABOVE: Pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy previously worked with design group Hato on this artwork for their playground. Photo: Pete Carr.

Liverpool Biennial 2016 is largest contemporary art festival in the UK and runs from 9 July to 16 October 2016 - FULL DETAILS 


The first bus comes in for a rub down ready for its fresh lick of paint!


 An Arriva bus getting ready to be painted

After its rub down the initial colours are added for the new look


An Arriva bus being painted for Liverpool Biennial