Artcrank bike art show comes to Manchester this Friday

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.

Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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