Milkwood Gallery and Cardiff Cycle Festival

The art.spoke.soul exhibition has been growing again. Milkwood is the final venue of theĀ  Bike Art Trail Cardiff 2012 to open its doors to cyclists for this years Cardiff Cycle Festival.

There is work by Lucy Driscoll, Eliza Southwood, Mark Robson, Lucy Freegard and more. Resident artist Sophie Elliott has begun her cycling journeys through the wet Welsh landscape from Caerphilly to Cardiff. She’ll be working towards an open evening at Milkwood Gallery on 12th July.

Places are still available for Cardiff Cycle Tours Art Trail; a ride from The Coal Exchange, along the Ely Trail, to Roath, and back through Bute Park and the Taff Trail. A conversation between myself and artist Sophie Elliott will also feature. Book through www.cardiffcycletours.com.

Come along to PrintHaus this Saturday for the Barenaked Micro Beer Festival from 2pm and see the exhibition. If you fancy riding the trail, I could lead a group from 3.30pm(ish); just turn up with a bike.

Work is underway!

I’m hopping around with excitement in preparation for the Cardiff Bike Art Trail 2012. Today, I have been painting Milgi’s window with Sophie Barras with a collaborative design to celebrate our love for the bicycle.

Sophie’s back tomorrow to complete it. Mary Anne Cooke and Jacob Stead have collaborated to create a Circue de Cyclisme in Sho Gallery’s window. It’s adorable!

Route maps are available from:

Milkwood Gallery, Lochaber Street;

Sho Gallery, Inverness Place;

Reg Braddick Cycles, Broadway;

The Bike Shed, Cathedral Road;

Cyclopaedia, Crwys Road;

Sustrans, Bute Street.

Tomorrow, I’ll be hanging work in The Printhaus, Llandaff Road, and next week, in Milkwood Gallery. I hope you can all make it to some events at Cardiff Cycle Festival starting this weekend. I’m certainly going to do the Peter Finch tour with Cardiff Cycle Tours. Can’t wait!

Jacob Stead

Jacob Stead

A super talented illustrator originally from Bradford and living in Bristol is making up some visual treats for the art.spoke.soul. trail at Cardiff Cycle Festival this June. Jacob graduated from the University of West England with a first class honours in 2011. One year on and Jacob has illustrations in Boneshaker (above illustration), Wired, Oh Comely, and Radio Times.

Jacob finds Bristol an easy city to get about by bicycle and makes the most of good weather by taking the 13 mile off road route out of his metropolis to Bath on the connecting Railway Path. I certainly think I’ll give this a go when the rain lets up! For now as we’re stuck in an endless Winter, I’m writing something inspired by my December Scandanavian experience.

Find more of our gentleman’s illustrations here: Jacob Stead

Andrew Singer Of Saint Paul, Minnesota

Copyright Andrew Singer

I was delighted to recieve an email from Andrew Singer submitting some images on recommendation from his friend in Japan and more so, to say he will be exhibiting in Cardiff Cycle Festival this June.

Global communications reverence aside, Andy has been drawing and publishing cartoons for 20 years. In 2001, he produced a book of cartoons and auto-biographical essays ‘CARtoons‘. It considers the negative social, economic and environmental impact of automobiles. With an interest in non-automative transport, Andy is volunteer co-chair of the cycle advocacy group Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition.

Saint Paul and Minneapolis form the ‘Twin Cities’ which has one of the highest mode shares for bicycle commuters in the US at over 5%. This is second only to Portland, Oregon and I’m assured the winters of the Twin Cities are certainly unyielding. There is an active cycle scene with various annual city bike tours, events, alley cat rides, races and monthly critical mass rides. Twin Cities are also the home of Quality Bicycle Products, one of the biggest distributors of bike parts in the US, bike rack manufacturer Dero, and Surley Bikes, making beautiful frames such as Long Haul Trucker to fill the most steadfast of hearts with wanderlust (yes..I’ve had my eye on that one for some time).

Saint Paul has recently been given ‘Bicycle Friendly City’ status by the League of American Cyclists. This provides an evaluation report that outlines the city’s achievements and need for improvements. The Bicycle Coalition is striving to establish a cycling friendly culture and infrastructure through public participation, working with politicians, traffic egineers and citizens for positive change; www.saintpaulbicyclecoalition.org.

Andy is hoping to complete another book this year examining the politics of highway building. Check out more of his cartoons here: www.andysinger.com

Lucy Driscoll

Lucy Driscoll of Windsor

I first met Lucy in the depths of last year’s stubborn winter on a residency at Arteles Creative Centre, Finland. We toiled together for one month producing scandanavian inspired art works, discovering an eclectic collection of 80’s musical delights and devouring whole salmon with all manor of pickled edibles.

Lucy oozes charm with a good eye for a vintage bargain and upmost talent for paper cut illustrations. She has kindly agreed to show some of her work in this year’s Cardiff Cycle Festival. If I know Lucy, vintage cycling literature will be an inspiration along with a love of her own two wheels.

Check out her work here: http://www.lucydriscoll.com/