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Clarion Sunday 2021

Sunday 19 September

An artist’s project to celebrate this unique and historic event

With the rearranged date now fast approaching, and the promise of outdoor events going ahead, we are looking forward to seeing cyclists at Clarion House on the 19th September.

As a photographer and devotee of cycling culture, I will be present to take a formal portrait of each rider with their mount, using a pop-up studio. I am also inviting cyclists to participate from different Clarion clubs to document their rides to Jinny Lane on the day, using the data provided by tools like Strava and Garmin. Alternatively why not take photographs en-route, make notes about the journey, reflect on the importance of Clarion’s roots, or share personal Clarion artefacts – creative contributions are very welcome!

As the Pendle Radicals commission by Mid Pennine Arts has now launched, I am particularly keen to reflect the communal cultural heritage of Clarion Cycling and its Socialist roots at this last Clarion House.

All of this material will be assembled and interpreted in a limited edition artist publication, which each participant will receive after the event with MPA’s compliments. All participants on the day will also receive a special memento to celebrate the day.

I’d really appreciate interested clubs or individuals to register involvement and participation by emailing me at 
alan @   Also follow me on instagram: alanjward_axisdesign & strava: Alan Ward (#i_am_clarion)

Be part of an artist engagement and limited edition publication!

Above is an image sequence I created from the ride I made on 18th of April, inspired by a glass negative I own and a self-portrait in homage. Using a c.1910 Bacon’s cycling map in my back pocket with fellow rouleur David Bradford, we rode out on a lovely Spring day to Clarion House as it re-opened for the first time since lockdown. During the first lockdown, unable to ride any real distance, I also created a virtual fly-through ride to Clarion House, click here to view.


MPA is an arts and culture charity working in Pennine Lancashire. Our project Pendle Radicals is a part of a programme to celebrate the Pendle Hill area. Pendle Radicals explores the stories of the nonconformists, dissenters, independent thinkers and change makers who have been drawn to this rugged, rural landscape over the centuries.

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