Bicycle Boom was a unique 3-part performance commission by Eilidh MacAskill of Fish & Game. As a collaboration between The Arches Behaviour Festival and Glasgow Museums with support from Creative Scotland’s One Step Further fund, these three original performances celebrated the bicycle as a mechanical agent of change and a symbol of universal freedom.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”
Susan B Anthony, American Suffragette, 1896
Saturday 3rd March 2012, Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries
As part of Kelvingrove Museum’s Victorians Rediscovered weekend, visitors met a late-19th Century lady cyclist making an impassioned speech advocating the riding of the bicycle for all women and lovers of freedom.
“It is vivid stuff, presented with vigour and charm by a performer who combines feminist principles with real joie de vivre” **** Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman on Soapbox
This family-friendly event was a re-imagining of the Cycling Gymkhana held as part of the Great Exhibition of 1901. Chiefly designed as an entertainment, the Gymkhana featured a parade of historical lady cyclists, a musical drill of synchronized cycling, and several strange races. Audience members young and old brought along their own decorated bikes for a chance to win the prize of the Best-Dressed Wheel.
– Original Live music from the House Band led by Kim Moore of Zoey Van Goey
– Stunt display from top cyclist, Rhona Harrison
– Prize-giving ceremony and parade of the Best Dressed Wheel
Sunday 4th & Saturday 10th March 2012
Get on yer bike for this cycle tour performance starting at Kelvingrove Museum and ending at the new Riverside museum. On the way we explored the development of the bicycle and it’s influence on the lives of women over the past 100 years.
This performance featured a very gentle bike ride suitable for 12+ and supported by British Cycling. At the end there was tea, coffee and scones at Riverside Museum after a tour of the brilliant bicycle displays.
BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike
Link to Catriona Duffy’s blog post on KG2R for The Arches Behaviour Festival – Dear Green Place