02 July 2016

Drawing on the success of the last CYCLE! CYCLE! CYCLE! (April 2015, pictured), College’s beloved librarian Chris Graham is curating another bike ride-cum-art appreciation tour-cum lunch on 2 July.


We will cycle 14-miles (approximately 1.5 hours) along the canal from Leeds to Saltaire, and visit Chris’ beautiful Saltaire home. There, Chris will tell us about his collection of artworks by College staff and students (with new additions since the last event). The artworks offer a unique lens into College culture, outside of the white cube of the art gallery (and via an leisurely workout). The event also offers a wonderful opportunity for us to spend some time with Chris before he leaves College in July - as well as to appreciate Chris as a chef with exquisite, proven culinary skills.

A 14-mile Leeds-Saltaire bike ride followed by art appreciation of a private collection and scrumptious lunch in Chris' property in Saltaire. Free of charge, BYOB (bring your own bike) (and helmet, etc).  

Chris Graham 

For Whom: 
Any body (staff/external, grown-ups, non) welcome. 

From 10:00hrs, Saturday 2 July 

Meeting point: 
Area opposite Wetherspoons, Leeds station.  

1) Celebrating 170: We will be admiring Chris’ private art collection consisting of works by staff and students including John Arnison, Richard Baker, Charlie Bound, Sam Broadhead, Dianne Cross, Sharon Harvey, Andrew Lister, Becky Lowe, Pam Rex, Adam Stone, Chris Taylor, which provide a unique lens into the life and history of Leeds College of Art. 

2) Celebrating Chris as a wonderful colleague: This will be a lovely opportunity to spend time with Chris before he leaves College.

3) Celebrating summer: Make hay and ride a bike while the sun shines.  

4) Celebrating the body and mind in motion: 

‘When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.’ — Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896.

It is not just the Sherlock Holmes author who grasps the creative possibilities of applying our body to physical exercise and, in particular, riding a bicycle. For Kraftwerk, the ‘Fathers of Electronic Music’ (Le Funk 2010), cycling is the perfect expression of the philosophy of man and machine working in union to negotiate time and space (Brown 2009). Turner Prize winner artist Grayson Perry also regularly goes for long-distance rides in the countryside during weekends (Tan 2012).  

Give it a go.

Enquires, and to reserve your place: 
Kai at:  0113 202 8121 

For more information:
About the last / first CYCLE! CYCLE! CYCLE! and the RUN! RUN! RUN! Leeds practice-based research framework that this event is a part of, visit

  • 02 July 2016
  • Leeds - Saltaire