By way of a small homage to the rides that would have made, I created a little lockdown virtual ride to Clarion House from my home in South Manchester.
Rearranged date: Clarion Sunday 2021
Sunday 19 September
The Fellowship of the Wheel
An artist’s project by Alan Ward to celebrate Clarion Sunday, a unique and historic event.
For Clarion Sunday 2021, I will be collaborating with Clarion cycling clubs when they ride to the last remaining Clarion House at Jinny Lane, Roughlee. Using the data they provide by tools like Strava and Garmin, and include photographs and notes from participants, I will assemble and interpret all the material gathered.
On September the 19th, I will be present to take a formal portrait of each rider with their mount, using a pop-up studio, and Mid Pennine Arts will thank participants with a small bespoke memento of Clarion Sunday to take away. Afterwards, I will produce a limited edition publication, and each participant will be sent a copy with mine and Mid Pennine Arts compliments.
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 lockdown I also created a virtual ride fly-through, click here to view.
These negatives, purchased from eBay, are the small collection of an unnamed German soldier of the Medical Unit of the 10th Hanover Engineer Battalion in World War I. Sadly the unit’s military records were totally destroyed in World War II by British bombing. I have however now identified the location as the town of Grandpré, in the Ardennes, France. The negatives reveal lighter moments away from the Western Front, which was a few kilometres south of the small town.
A selection of postcards collected to date from German soldiers writing home from Grandpré in the Ardenne, France between 1915 and 1918.