Nursery Artists Inspire Artwork for New Playbus

The artistic talents of the nursery class at Kingsmead Primary School have inspired the artwork for the new Hackney Playbus. Following a successful fundraising campaign, Hackney Playbus purchased a double-decker bus to replace their old Playbus, Bugsie, which fell into disrepair at the end of last summer. The new Playbus needed a new design, and the nursery class at Kingsmead Primary School chose a jungle theme to decorate the outside of the new bus, during an artist workshop.

Claire Ward-Thornton from Art Hoppers and Anna Van Der Poorten from Hackney Playbus worked with the nursery class at Kingsmead Primary School to create images that inspired the final design.

Ben de Sausmarez, Nursery Class teacher and Creativity Lead at Kingsmead Primary School said, “The children were incredibly excited to create their animal pictures, knowing that they were going to be on a great big bus! It’s wonderful to have them involved in a local community project such as this and for children of this age to see their creative work realised and valued in this way.”

The team also created a gallery space inside the Playbus to exhibit the children’s original drawings and ideas.

Claire Kelly, Director of Hackney Playbus, said “Thank you to Hackney Parochial Charities and all our donors and supporters who helped get our new Playbus on the road. And a big thank you to Kingsmead Primary School nursery class for sharing their ideas and creativity with us!”

The new Playbus is now on the road providing free play and learning opportunities for children aged 0-4 years in venues across Hackney.
Check the online timetable for more sessions [link to timetable].