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Lullaby Community Bike Ride

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Lullaby Community Bike Ride

b-side community interest company By b-side community interest company

We want to bring an amazing illuminated bicycle ride to the isle of Portland - Lullaby is a surround sound illuminated artwork, created by local people and delivered to the public's door by bicycles.

Portland Idea stage

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'Lullaby' is a mass participatory night time bike ride by artist Luke Jerram. A mass of illuminated bikes carry the Lullaby playing from speakers attached to dozens of decorated bikes producing the most ambient and serene music composed by musician Andy Taylor.

The first Lullaby bike ride took place in Bristol in 2013 - b-side festival would like to bring this beautiful artwork to the isle of Portland, Dorset as part of the b-side festival 2014. It's a fantastic way of including many people in art who may not normally think of doing so, and we want Lullaby to have a legacy on Portland by donating bike lights to young people on Portland after the event, as a momento but also as a way to promote safe cycling and healthy living.

b-side festival is covering most of the costs for this event but we would really like to buy more bike lights so more people can join in and we can make this an illuminated experience with impact that people will remember for a long time.

What we'll deliver:

  • The illuminated pelaton will tour housing estates for one hour delivering the Lullaby to as many people as we can
  • We will donate the bike lights from the event to young bike riders on Portland via HEADSET
  • We aim to invite people from the local community to join in with this unique event

Why it's a great idea:

This free artwork is essentially delivered by its citizens to citizens. As such there is a great deal of good will that comes from the event.

While promoting cycling and exercise, Lullaby is a way to reach new audiences for art and enables the participants to explore areas of their town which they might not know or ever venture into.

Lullaby is a great way to reach areas of a town where people who may not take part in the arts normally live. Lullaby will reach those who commonly ask “why don’t cultural events ever seem to take place in my neighbourhood?” by delivering a performative surround sound artwork to their door.
On our 60 minute journey around Portland, we will pass hundreds of homes potentially delivering the artwork to over 1000 people along a residential route and involving up to 40 local people as Lullaby cyclists.

Steps to get it done:

  • The artist Luke Jerram is helping us promote and organise the event
  • The bike route has been devised by young people from Portland
  • b-side festival will coordinate and market the event
  • Dorset County Council Transport team are providing qualified bike stewards

The event has been organised by b-side festival, an artist led organisation that works with artists and communities in Dorset and organises the biannual b-side Festival.

We have been working with young people from a local school on Portland to devise the route and they have helped us test the bike ride.


Location Portland

About the space

Community Hall


Dorset County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £2,500

Coordination of project and artists fees - £1,500 (60%)
Contribution to project coordination - £1,000 (40%)
Other - £0 (0%)

Costs Breakdown

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Coordination of project and artists fees
Contribution to project coordination

Total £2,500

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