1st Annual Vancouver Bike Art Auction: A Success!
Pedalling Art was a success! Thanks to everyone that came and bought art, had a good time, and supported Bici Libre and Pedals for the People. We’re hoping to run this again next year so stayed tuned for ways to get involved.
See you in 2017!
November 12th, 6-11pm
Red Gate Arts Society
855 E Hastings St, Vancouver
About the Event
Vancouver’s First Annual Bike Art Auction will take place November 12 at Red Gate Arts Society, 855 E. Hastings from 6-11PM. Come by to peruse locally made bike art, listen to live music, and sip on a drink.
Cover is sliding scale $5 – $20 or a donation of a working U-lock with a key. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Cash Bar// Photo ID required because this event is all ages.
There will be live music// Musicians TBA
About the Programs Supported
All proceeds from the event will be used to fund two important programs: Bici Libre, and Pedals for the People. Both programs provide bikes, bike accessories and mechanical assistance to people who cannot afford them, taking donated bikes otherwise destined for the trash and refurbishing them with the help of volunteers.
- Bici Libre provides these services to seasonal agricultural workers in the Fraser Valley who have little or no access to autonomous mobility to get groceries, access medical services, or otherwise leave the farm.
- Pedals for the People serves the Downtown Eastside community by providing bicycles to those who are socially marginalized based on immigration status, poverty, substance use or mental health concerns.
Funds from this event will go towards these programs, especially these necessary program costs:
- Transportation of bicycles: needed to distribute bicycles throughout the Fraser Valley.
- Purchasing of basic bicycle accessories: helmets, bells and lights are needed as without them, people will not be visible at night, and may be fined beyond their financial means for not complying with cycling laws. Without an adequate lock, people may have their bikes stolen.
The programs are coordinated by two community bike shops, the AMS Bike Co-op/Bike Kitchen and PEDAL. Both shops teach people how to build and ride bikes, and run programming for folks who might not otherwise have access to bicycles or bicycle repair.
Interested in donating art? Artists who donate art pieces may be eligible for tax receipts for donations valued over $100. We’re especially seeking bicycle related or themed art, but are open to a variety! Contact pedalling.art.vancouver@gmail.
Want to give your time, skills and enthusiasm? We’ll need support during the event as well as for set up and take down. Contact pedalling.art.vancouver@gmail.
Inspiration for this event is from an art auction held by BICAS, a community bike shop in Tuscon, AZ.