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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.


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