The whole notion of caravanning has been turned on its head by a Portsmouth couple who converted their vintage 1969 mustard-yellow tourer into a traveling art gallery; Annelise Atkinson, a designer, artist, and printer who uses a tourer as a traveling boutique from which to sell ‘zines; and Duckett and Jeffreys, a contemporary art gallery, who turned a fifty year old Sprite caravan into a touring art gallery.
Having recently published their third book of photography, Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale spend their time travelling around the UK in their mustard-yellow caravan, taking pictures and displaying them in their caravan.
In their latest book, ‘Is Britain Great? 3’, they use weird, wonderful, and bluntly realistic photographs to pose questions about contemporary Britain, the News in Portsmouth reported.
Readers of their book will find photographs of pigeons enjoying a cream tea, graffiti scrawled to amusing effect on billboards, and grey photographs of second hand car yards, all of which are designed to get audiences thinking about Britain in the 21st century.
Travelling to an area, Jan and Chris will get a feel for the place, wandering around and snapping photos before returning with their developed images exhibited in their mobile gallery for the locals to enjoy.
“We take it to places galleries can’t reach and get all kinds of visitors,” Jan told the local newspaper.
“If we’re at an art event we’ll have artists and curators coming in, but we might also be at shopping centers or festivals.
“A lot of people come in out of curiosity and end up staying. Some come in just because they like caravans.”
Having bought the caravan for just £250 ($390), the artistic couple turned it into the Caravan Gallery in 2000 and have been travelling around in it ever since.
Despite converting the inside into a genuine art gallery, they decided to hold onto the brown curtains and flowery upholstery so that it keeps the feel of a vintage caravan.
Now the Caravan Gallery has become their full-time jobs.
A one-of-a-kind vintage caravan has cropped up in Nottingham, with funky decorations and a big stack of ‘zines for sale from inside its cozy confines.
The ‘Caribou Caravan’ is the brainchild of Annelise Atkinson, a designer, artist, and printer who used the tourer as a traveling boutique from which to sell ‘zines—homemade magazines made by a global subculture of artists.
Having bought the caravan from a wheeler dealer in Bournemouth, Annelise brought it all the way back the Midlands to house her business, which is currently residing at the Hopkinson’s Gallery in Nottingham, Leftlion.co.uk reported.
“The idea of the shop is that it is a travelling boutique, and can bring artists’ work to a wider audience and spread the good word of ‘zines around the country,” she explained.
Determined to take hehr ‘zines to the wider public, Annelise will soon take the Caribou—a cross between caravan and boutique—on tour around festivals and markets and anywhere else she sees fit to travel.
Touring Art Gallery
A fifty year old Sprite caravan has been given a new lease of life as a touring art gallery.
Converted by contemporary gallery Duckett and Jeffreys, this tiny tourer headed off on an 11-venue regional tour earlier this year, Caravan Times reported.
The purpose of the tour was to draw attention to the work of the gallery’s 23 local artists, including painters, sculptors, felt-makers, ceramicists, print makers, and even a blacksmith.
Stef Mitchell, founding artist at Duckett and Jeffreys, who is on the tour, said: “We aim to show artists that are brave, confident, and imaginative.”
Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie