Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  bikeworkshop illustration
09.2010


Bristol Bike Project print exhibition

venue: howies bristol store, queens rd, Bs8 1re
dates: 11 - 23 september 2010
artworks from: bristol bike project (above : illustration by gary embury)
printed at: the cfpr

To coincide with Bristol's first two-week Cycling Festival, the Bristol Bike Project (including llustration lecturer Gary Embury) are taking part in a cycling-inspired, 2 week exhibition at the Howies store in Bristol (opposite Wagamama's on Queens Road). They will be exhibiting photographic prints that were printed here at the CFPR.
The exhibition runs until the 23rd September.
To view some of the work visit http://garyembury.blogspot.com/

About the Bristol Bike Project:
"The Bristol Bike Project came into being in December of 2008 after project founders James Lucas and Colin Fan were inspired to set up a charitable bike project while cycling their way through Scandanavia. The idea is simple. We take in unwanted bicycles from the general public and go about fixing them up with the help of our service-users who require a bicycle. They then get to take their bicycle away with a quality lock and set of lights.

We started the project intially to work with Refugees & Asylum-Seekers alongside Bristol Refugee Rights and continue to work closely with them. We now also work with an ever-growing cross-section of underprivileged and marginalised groups in Bristol, including those within the mental health sector, the homeless, recovering substance-abusers, and detached youth groups."

The emphasis of the project is very much upon skill-sharing and really encouraging people to get stuck in and to learn new skills. We hope that by doing this, people will become more knowledgeable as to how their bicycle works and more confident about working on it independently, that they will develop a greater sense of their own ability and that they will also be able to share newly-learned skills with their peers.


We recycle as much as we can and do our best to prevent as much as possible from going to landfill. When bikes are beyond r heir useful components and either pass the frame onto our friends at Spoke n'Chain or use parts ourselves for bike-trailer building. All of our unusable tyres, inner tubes and chains go to Re-Collect, who make fantastic recycled fashion items out of them.


We truly want this to be a sustainable project with the emphasis being upon 'helping people help themselves' and by doing so, we hope that the people that receive a bicycle from us will get the opportunity to experience the vitalization and great sense of freedom and personal awareness that riding a bike can bring."



Links

The Bristol Bike Project website
www.thebristolbikeproject.org
The Bristol Cycle Festival
http://bristolcyclefestival.com/
Boneshaker magazine
www.boneshakermag.com
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