Grab yourself some limited-editon bike-inspired art

The Artcrank roaming bicycle art show comes to Manchester this weekend. The show, which displays and sells bicycle-inspired poster artwork from local artists, opens Friday, 12 July at 2022NQ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Founded in Minneapolis in 2007, Artcrank introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art.

Organisers say  they are “completely chuffed to bits to be bringing the Artcrank poster party to the home of British Cycling and creative hub of Northern England.”

Friday’s opening party will be your only chance to buy posters, which will be available as  signed and numbered limited editions. After the opening, the posters will remain on display — but not for sale — at 2022NQ through August 5, 2013. The show starts at 6pm and entry is free.

A portion of proceeds from the July 12 opening will go to support Simply Cycling, a nonprofit organization that uses bicycles to bring together young people of all abilities.

Other attractions include Manchester-based creative agency Retrofuzz who will showcase their creative flair and technical savvy at the opening night party. Lezyne will be showing their lighting and inflation gear and Colorplan will host live screenprinting on opening night and will provide their papers for the limited edition prints featured at the show.

“One of the big ideas behind Artcrank has always been making art as accessible to people as bikes are,” says Artcrank Manchester organizer Chris Verbick. “Part of that is price — it’s pretty cool to be able offer limited edition, handmade posters for 30 pounds. But it’s also about introducing people to the artists who live in and work in their community. Manchester’s undergone a real cycling renaissance in recent years, and we’re excited to reach out to people who just discovering — or rediscovering — the simple joy of riding a bike.”

If you live in the South and can’t get up to Manchester, Artcrank will be coming to London for the fourth time on August 24.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.


stever [67 posts] 4 years ago

I've been following artcrank on flickr for ages - some lovely stuff. It's a real shame you can't buy prints, I'm busy tomorrow.

karlowen [65 posts] 4 years ago

I'm not! Does the Flickr give any indication what will be available tomorrow?