CYCLE UP! addresses artists, decision-makers and citizens. Together we want to use art and creativity to put the bicycle centre stage: as a climate-neutral, sustainable and safe means of transport. For more information: cycleup.info
What is CYCLE UP!?
CYCLE UP! connects artists, decision-makers, and communities who care about our climate to find creative ideas and solutions to bring more bicycles to our streets.
At the intersection of art, culture, and sustainability, we will inspire a shift in perceptions and behaviours towards cycling for people of all ages and abilities. We want to empower those who are involved in CYCLE UP! to see art and creativity as a tool to change existing political and social realities. At the same time, we will discover how artistic processes can be made more environmentally sustainable, through local and participative models and by reducing the footprint of our artist-in-residence programmes. Our vision is a future where art sparks conversation and action around bicycle culture and the climate emergency.
Together with the artistic community, we want to understand how sustainability and sustainable mobility can be introduced both in artistic practice and as a theme of art. Key measures include an artist-in-residence programme in five European countries. The residence programme is an opportunity for artists of all genres to work on mobility-themed artworks. At the same time, some of the project partners frequently organise artist-in-residence programmes and want to find out how these programmes can be organised in a more sustainable manner. Artistically, the residence programme will be supervised by an external curatorial team.
CycleUp! Wants to raise the attractiveness of the bicycle as a regular means of transport. For this purpose, we will organise a participatory artistic programme, bicycle-themed cultural interventions and community activities such as artistic bicycle repair shops or public artistic workshops, where citizens learn skills and have the opportunity to develop their own artworks on the theme of sustainable transport. These activities will be framed by public debates and workshops. For the artistic aspects of our citizen activities, we will invite some of the artists from the artist-in-residence programme.
CycleUp! Wants to raise awareness about the needs of cyclists and about the power of culture as an instrument for behaviour change. We will involve decision-makers from the partner countries from the outset through workshops and conferences.