The Wandering Gallery … And Other Stories

The Wandering Gallery, is an arts events business owned by Nikki Loy, popping up art fairs
and festivals, bringing arts, entertainment and education all over West Sussex and beyond.

Gladys though, is a truck, not to be confused with Nikki’s nomadic business, Gladys used to be a library bus and though she is retired from commercial life, she still has many stories to tell! For the most part she’s Nikki’s private art studio, exhibition room, and a camper rolled into one. She is a very diverse and creative vehicle, for a very multi-faceted owner. Most of the time she is on semi-permanent display at base camp. On very special occasions she is on display to the public.

Regarding pop-up arts events and workshops by Nikki Loy please see

The History of Gladys

Gladys, or The Big G as we affectionally call her, started life as a Library Bus, built for the purposes of taking books to the people! So she was always pretty cool but before she came into Nikki Loy’s world she was owned by a fellow called Les who gave her her name, and who was part of a 1940’s army reenactment drama group. So whilst on the outside she still looked like a (nearly) normal HGV, on the inside she had been transformed into a 1940’s army communications control room! Complete with brick fire place, brown gloss tongue and groove paneling, Bakelite sockets and switches.. and even an old typewriter. To show off her glorious (ahem!) insides, the gents had cut a massive hole in the side of her and would regularly take her out for exhibition and to play war games in her.

Eventually she needed a new home.. And Nikki just so happened to be looking for an HGV to house her creative space. Gladys, with all her peculiar army showtime idiosyncrasies and giant hole in the side, turned out to be perfect for the job.

Gladys spends almost all her retirement enjoying a quiet life as a private art studio in one location, very occasionally as part of special events she may be displayed to the public as a show vehicle.

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