Friday, February 7, 2020

Yahoo, good soaking rain at last. Ride postponed.


Bureau of Meteorology - Friday 9.30am - gonna be like this for days! Great news for firies and farmers and all urban types who keep a plant or two on the go. Droughts and Fires always end with floods and there goes the topsoil.

Rather than swim our way around the Great White Bird Trail test ride this Sunday how about a sleep in and we will see you on Sunday the 23rd Feb. The verges should be fresh and green, perfect for reconnecting with nature and your inner greenie.




Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hindsight is 2020 - Emerald City Trail



Time to get back in the saddle and start pumping the Sydney Green Ring again, or as we are going to brand it, the Emerald City Trail. I mean there are so many green this and green that,  most of which are planning devices so we decided the Green Ring needed an iconic name to match its iconic potential.

To help launch the new name there will be three major events for 2020. The Great White Bird Trail, The Salt Pan Creek Trail, and The Emerald City Trail.

The Great White Bird Trail

Test rides: 9 + 16 Feb, Official rides: 18 + 19 Apr 2020. See ARTcycle Inc Meetup for details and booking. 

Artist and keen active transport advocate Gilbert Grace is curating a series of rides for ARTcycle Inc in 2020 to mark the 250th year of British colonisation: the good, the bad, the indifferent.

The Great White Bird Trail uses the art of emigre Brit sculptor Michael Kitching and the colonial ambitions of emigre Brit capitalist Thomas Holt to tell the story of dispossession, advancement, and development of Southern Sydney and the Sutherland Shire.

The Great White Bird Trail is divided into two rides. Day 1, from Cronulla to Kurnell then Kogarah (40 km); and, Day 2, Kogarah to Campbell Cove, Sydney (30 Km).

This will be a test ride, in which riders will be able to gain insight into the creation of the ride and offer feedback and corrections. Photography encouraged.

The official ride will coincide with a solo exhibition by Grace in April 2020 in the Broadhurst Gallery at the Hazelhurst Art Centre, Gymea.

The Salt Pan Creek Trail

Test ride: 17 May, Official ride: 19 Jul 2020. See ARTcycle Inc Meetup for details and booking. 

Salt Pan Creek Trail curated bicycle tour. At the turn of the  20th century in the suburb of Peakhurst on the Salt Pan Creek, was a permanent camp of First Australians clustered around two freehold blocks owned by two Aboriginal families, the Rowleys and Andersons (ref: Rivers and Resilience, Heather Goodall and Alison Cadzow,). 

Amongst visitors to the camp were some feisty agitators for Aboriginal rights including artist Lin Onus' father Bill Onus. It is also the locality in which members of ARTcycle spent their childhoods. 

This trail provides an opportunity to conflate personal, subjective narratives within a broader, objective, Australian dialogue of reconciliation.

The Emerald City Trail  

Test ride: 23 Aug, Official rides: NSW Bike Week Sep 2020. See ARTcycle Inc Meetup for details and booking. 

The rebranding of the Sydney Green Ring as the "Emerald City Trail" came about because of the confusion caused by the proliferation of "green" labels promoting active transport, blue+green corridors.

The Emerald City Trail will become an iconic trail to match Melbourne's "Capital City Trail". The Capital City Trail was a long time in the fomenting and took much advocacy to reach the level of acceptance it now enjoys. There is no rational reason (discounting expansionist plans of flight-shamed Sydney Airport) for the Sydney Green Ring / Emerald City Trail not to achieve the same level of public and private acceptance, recognition and government financial support.

To read more about the Trail go to the Sydney Green Ring website. Get in touch if you would like to help promote the Emerald City Trail. It's got 20 years of research and 50 years of practical cycling experience and hundreds of hours and kilometers of hands-on riding backing it.

And it seems the Tide Might Be Turning for the recognition of bicycles as a zero emission form of congestion and budget busting personal transportation. 

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Close observation as action






Documentarian Florian Reber traded his desk chair for a bicycle seat

He biked from British Columbia to New Mexico to gather stories for a film about climate change.

From Yale Climate Connections: original story here.

"The Swiss sustainability consultant says he used to spend a lot of time talking about how global warming will affect the world in several decades. He says that’s important for policymakers and corporations.

“But people don’t identify and relate to that,” he says. “So I wanted to focus on what’s happening here and now.”

Sunday, November 3, 2019

EDGE Creative Trails for November - 2 of 4



Saturday 9 November

EDGE Creative Trails - Damun Precinct art and artist venues to excite and delight. Lead by artists into the wilds of the inner west to view the best the inner west has to offer.

Meet: 12.45pm Saturday 9 November, Paisley St Croydon, adjacent station.
Cost: Free thanks to Inner West Council and Edge Creative Trails. Booking essential via RSVP https://www.meetup.com/ARTcycle-Sydney/events/265892137/
Bring: Bike in working order, helmet, cash, phone, spares and repairs, water. Dress to the weather.
Map: Damun http://bit.ly/2pHAt5m chose correct layer.


Sunday 10 November

Damun Precinct art and artist venues to excite and delight. Lead by artists into the wilds of the inner west to view the best the inner west has to offer.

Meet: 12.45pm (TBC) Sunday 10 November, Stanmore Library, Douglas St Stanmore, adjacent station.
Cost: Free thanks to Inner West Council and Edge Creative Trails. book via RSVP https://www.meetup.com/ARTcycle-Sydney/events/265892193/
Bring: Bike in working order, helmet, cash, phone, spares and repairs, water. Dress to the weather.
Map: Damun http://bit.ly/2pHAt5m chose correct layer.


Coming soon 

Saturday 24, Sunday 25 November
Buludarri Precinct





EDGE Newtown – themed Art and Activism – launches on Thursday, 7 November, 6pm-8pm in Newtown Square.

Everyone’s invited to this free community celebration of colour, movement, provocation, excitement and art.

Newtown Square will be transformed by:

• Enormous illuminated inflatable ‘water surge’ by artist Sarah Harvie

• A trail of giant paste-up illustrations celebrating the Reclaim the Streets activist movement

• Guerrilla art project bearing witness to The Sixth Mass Extinction

• Reimagined moon landing projection and performance

• LOVE TV and the Aphrodite Arts Activists inviting stories of passion and creativity

• Live music and performance by Jay Katz and Dweeb City (girl band from space)

Plus Melinda Vassallo’s new bookPerfect Match – Street Art of the Inner West will be available for the first time.

The launch of EDGE Newtown marks the beginning of two weekends of art trails, tours, celebrations and challenging talks, including:

• EDGE Creative Trails exploring hidden artists' studios, independent galleries and quirky artist run initiatives – by foot, bus or cycle. Tours also suitable for keen photographers and children are available. Book now at www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/CreativeTrails

• Urban EDGE Contemporary Art Prize, Saturday, 9 November, Chrissie Cotter Gallery

• Dub Circle, Saturday 9 November, Camperdown Park rotunda. Spirits, critters and magical beings brought to life by local young people. Free face painting from 6pm. Followed by a ritual procession and then free movie in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, The Princess Bride

• EDGE #IRL (In Real Life) Talks Tent, Newtown Festival, Sunday 10 November. Provocative talks and pop-up performances exploring art, activism, survival and sustainability in urban communities

• New Perfect Match street art. Artists include Fintan Magee, Brad Robson, Sharon Billinge, Phibs & Ox King, Nico and Rebecca Lourey

• St.AnmorĂ© Festival of Music, Saturday 16 November, Stanmore village street streets, pubs and laneways come alive with mass choirs, local bands, solo musicians and singers

EDGE Newtown comes after the highly successful EDGE GreenWay, EDGE Sydenham and EDGE Ashfield. EDGE showcases cutting edge creatives and supports artists to not only survive but thrive.

Full EDGE Newtown program and EDGE Creative Trails map and program, go to www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/EDGE

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hemp Papermaking Workshop


Hemp was once the most valuable and widely used feedstock for fibre, food and construction. It was outlawed in the US in the 20th Century as part of a strategy for commercial domination by chemical, steel and oil magnates.

As the dangers of fossil fuels, mining and deforestation become increasingly apparent, hemp is making a resurgence globally as a natural, green alternative. Papermaking is the touchstone of this return.

The workshop will involve: a short and intriguing video covering the history and process of papermaking; hands-on instruction.

Workshop will be led by Gilbert Grace MFA and is supported by The Green Living Centre and Inner West Council.

Where: Whites Creek Cottage, 31 White Street, Lilyfield.
When: 1.30 - 4.00 pm, Saturday 21 September.
Cost: Free, limit of 12 (Inner West residents have preference), book via Eventbrite, https://bit.ly/2MOz3jA.
Bring: Casual clothes.
TAG: Map https://bit.ly/2ZE1ra3

Transport Access Guide (leave the car at home, parking is difficult)
Bus from Railway Square: 470 to White Rd cnr Moore St, Lilyfield.
Bus from Newtown: 370 from King St to White Rd cnr Moore St, Lilyfield.
Light Rail: to Rozelle Bay or Lilyfield and 10 minute walk.
Bicycle: White Creek Cycle Path connect to Crescent and Glebe Foreshore, etc.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Membership reminder



ARTcycle Inc., your friendly, art-focused, recreational bicycle club, is funded through a variety of means and one is membership.

Membership helps to pay for things like this website and the Meetup site so we can keep you all well informed of our goings on and events.

We reckon that if you have come to three of our rides or events that that is endorsement enough and that you could take the next step and become paid up members.

It's only $1 to join and $20 annual subscription, small beers really for what we provide.

Jump onto the membership page for details for how to become a member. And for all current members please help us keep the wheels rolling by getting your subscriptions up to date.

Cheers,

Gilbert.   

'Against Hollywood' 6 - 22 September 2019


Opening Friday 6 September 2019 6-8 pm

A bit of shameless self promotion for my lifelong occupation as an artist. Most of the rides I have curated have been the result of searching out picaresque urban views for painting. It was and is natural to want to share those visions of unexpected beauty with others, either as paintings or prints, or in the form of cycle tours. I hope you can join me for the opening, or visit Art Est at a time that suits.

Where: Unit 4, 67 - 69 Lords Rd Leichhardt, NSW.
When: 6 - 22 September 2019, M - F 9.30 am - 5 pm, Sat 2 - 5 pm.
Access: situated between Taverners Hill and Marion Stations on the light rail. Close to bus and heavy rail. Or you can bicycle in - its just off the GreenWay through the Lords Rd tunnel.