The Wandering Gallery … And Other Stories
The working art & design studio gallery of Nikki Loy: Bringing arts, entertainment and education all over West Sussex and beyond.
Yeah, you read right, she’s a working art studio, a gallery shop, a workshop event space, and a mini stage, all rolled into one. That’s why we have ‘And Other Stories’ in the title. She used to be a library bus and she still has many stories to tell! Gladys the Gallery is very diverse and creative vehicle, for a very muli-faceted owner.
At the moment, Gladys is undergoing a transformation from being an ugly duckling to an almost beautiful swan. You can check out her journey as she transformations on her instragram @TheWanderingGallery
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Although she won’t be officially launching in her new capacity until spring 2023, Gladys hosted her first ever Gallery Exhibition of Saturday the 10th of September 2022! Nikki kindly offered to host a Custom Skate Deck Art Exhibition and Auction in her to raise funds for the restoration of Small Dole Skatepark. Gladys was parked at the next Friends of Small Dole Skatepark skate Jam for all who wanted to come and check out her new look and her exhibition of 27 different Skateboard Art by 25 different artists!
The exhibition continues until the 27th of September.
The History of Gladys
Gladys the Gallery, 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 panelling, 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 a mobile working studio gallery space. Gladys, with all her peculiar army showtime idiosyncracies and giant hole in the side, turned out to be perfect for the job.
She is very close to being ready for her new life, so now, if you want to be kept up date about The Wandering Gallery’s exhibitions and events we would highly recommend that you…