Whilst I'm not enjoying the summer holidays, which consists largely of buying school uniform, and some time tidying and re-organising my studio, I've been escaping from the house to go cycling.
I'm now a qualified adult cycle training instructor, and a Skyride Leader, so I've been earning some extra money (and therefore not having a holiday) doing this. As I normally go out and ride my bike for transport and leisure, it's logical to earn money doing it to support my practice (ironically, because being an artist doesn't pay the bills). #paying artists
This is what happens, unlike the arts, where you pay to enter a submission only to be told "unfortunately your work wasn't successful", you go and take your trainees out, or a group of people for a bike ride, and shortly after that, you get paid for having successfully done this work.
I like this, it feels normal.
The Onochord Bicycle Bell ride, however, was a social cycle ride that I organised as separate to any paid Skyride Leader bike rides. That was because the rides organised in Lincoln on Sundays always start at 10.00a.m. and I am not likely to be up and about on a Sunday morning at 10.00a.m.
I normally prefer to be out and about on a Sunday afternoon around 2.00p.m, so I organised the Onochord Bicycle Bell ride for others that are of a similar disposition (and like a Sunday morning lie-in!)
|Participants for the first Lincoln Onochord Bicycle Bell ride|
I was pleasantly surprised to find there were 4 people booked on to it, so along with some additional children, there was a considerable group of participants.
The Onochord is normally performed by Yoko Ono with torches, and as such I initially tried it with bike lights. However, most bike lights have several settings, none of which work when performing the Onochord, so I adapted it for bicycle bells.
It was really nice that participants rang the Onochord along the route, and that if I rang the Onochord from the head of the ride, it passed down each cyclist toward the back.
|A bicycle made for two!|
I'm hoping to organise a huge one day Bicycle Bell Onochord event with support from some of the organisations I work with. Some ACE funding would come in handy so that I can be paid to deliver this, as British Cycling might not continue with Skyrides next year.
The next Onochord Bicycle Bell ride is planned for Sunday 31st August.
Another GoSkyride event was tweeted for Changing Tracks, with commissioned art along a disused railway line in the Nene Valley. This is much like the kind of thing I'd like to organise or be commissioned to do along the Viking Way or the Dukeries trail from Lincoln.
There is already some existing art work of varying calibre along the Water Railway route. These were commissioned by Sustrans between 2006 - 2007.
My interest is more related to the parts of the route that follow The Viking Way, and my connection to Norway and work with Apparatjik, as well as the previous Outer Trial Bank project and the Apparatjik bike (which is currently being used as a spare bike).
The Dukeries Trail is possibly of more interest, as there is less public artwork along the route between Lincoln and Fledborough, and the route eventually goes to Nottinghamshire towards Sherwood Forest. In fact, it is a plan of mine to get the train to Worksop and Shirebrook and go cycling around Sherwood Forest.