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Bike Art Adelaide Festival – seeking artists, art and bike parts

September 12 2013

Bike Art AdelaideSpring is in the air, bikes are coming out of sheds, and the organisers of Bike Art Adelaide are encouraging artists of all varieties to get on board one of Adelaide’s new festivals.

Bike Art Adelaide is an umbrella program for a variety of art events that explore, express and celebrate everything bike.

Following the success of the inaugural program in 2012, the festival will capitalise on Australia’s premier cycling event, the Tour Down Under, running from 13 -31 January 2014.

Bike Art Adelaide will bring community art to five mainstreet locations in Unley, Prospect, Norwood, Stirling and Adelaide, with the participation of schools and community artists.

Each street will have its own theme: King William Road, Unley All I Have To Do Is Dream; Prospect Road, 1984, in a sci-fi way; The Parade, Norwood Unchain My Heart; Stirling, Adelaide Hills, The Green, Green Grass of Home and Gouger Street/ Central Market, Adelaide China Eyes.

Organiser Fay Patterson hopes to make this the biggest bike art event in Australia, and she wants schools and artists to get involved in this opportunity to dress their main streets with the children’s artwork associated with each theme. Ms Patterson is calling for Principals, teachers and parents to contact Bike Art Adelaide and let them know if they want to participate.

“We’re excited to be offering primary and high schools an opportunity for developing students’ experience in making art to a brief and then having it on display for all to see,” Ms Patterson says.

Bike Art Adelaide is offering small funding amounts of $120 to community artists to develop and deliver pieces designed to bring the mainstreets to life.

“We’re looking for bright pieces with impact, whether that’s a single large piece or numerous smaller pieces,” Ms Patterson says.

“We have a ‘cyclotrope’ animation project in train, are hoping to be able to fund our popular yarn-bombed bikes and are looking at offering retro-reflective thread for sale to encourage a cycle-chic fashion show.”

Bike Art Adelaide is also encouraging cyclists to spring clean their sheds and bikes to support community art.

“We’re asking cyclists to give us their broken and unwanted bike parts for us to use as art materials. Everything from punctured inner tubes, reflectors and second-hand lycra to full bikes can be delivered to BikeSA’s offices at Franklin Street in the City (next to the bus station) during the month of September.”

Artists are being invited to participate in an art in shop windows program similar to SALA, but with a bike focus.

Ms Patterson says interested artists, shop owners, schools and cyclists should contact Bike Art Adelaide at baa@hubtt.com.au or call Fay Patterson on 0409 284 165 by September 30, 2013.

Anyone looking for inspiration can check out photos from 2012 on their Facebook site facebook.com/BikeArtAdelaide

***Fay Patterson is available for interview*** Call 0409 284 165

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