Calling local artists…get on your bike!

Adelaide City Council and Arts SA are seeking expressions of interest from local artists to take part in an exciting new art project – Adelaide Bike Art Trail – which will roll into the city in the New Year.

The Adelaide City Bike Art Trail will profile South Australian artists, create an interesting cycling pathway and contribute to the activation of the city’s streets and public spaces. 

The project will develop high quality art works for eleven strategic locations in the city, which will either sit alongside or incorporate a public bike rack, forming a unique cycling art trail through the CBD and North Adelaide.

The initiative has been made possible through Council’s City Activation Fund and a $100,000 contribution from Arts SA.

“This is a great collaboration between Council, State Government, Arts SA and the arts community that will bring life and colour to city streets,” Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood sad.

“We want to hear from as many artists as possible – it’s a great opportunity to showcase your work on the city streets, offer convenience and functionality for bike users and create a unique draw card for city tourists and visitors.

“The bike art trail route aligns with Council’s vision to make Adelaide the best cycling city in Australia and among the best in the world. It is also supported by our recently launched Smart Move strategy and our commitment to creating great streets and paths for people.”

Arts Minister John Hill said the project is part of the State Government's partnership with the City Council.

"We are committed to encouraging a vibrant, thriving CBD with innovative attractions for locals and visitors to enjoy. I'm sure South Australia's creative community will relish this interesting challenge and come up with art works that will intrigue and delight," he said.

It is anticipated that each of the art works will respond to the unique character, qualities and environment of each specific site conceptually as well in relation to the scale and materials. 

Council will open an Adelaide Bike Art Trail guest book page on the ‘Your Say Adelaide’ website in January enabling the community to share stories and pictures related to each site which selected artists will then be able to consider as part of the artwork development.

Further information and the application form can be found at closing 5pm Friday 18 January 2013.


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