Cycling film to premiere during Scotland’s Climate Week

8th October 2019

On Saturday 12th October, Glasgow-based cycling charity, Bike For Good, will debut a short film focused on their efforts to tackle climate change, made during an embedded artist project supported by Creative Carbon Scotland.

‘Let’s Go! A film about cycling, community and climate change’ is the second film to be produced from the two-year project with Bike For Good. In 2018, the playwright Lewis Hetherington and filmmaker Geraldine Heaney were fully immersed into the charity to learn about how they are tackling the global climate emergency by promoting and celebrating cycling.

Over the course of the commission, the artists have worked with Bike for Good’s service users, volunteers and staff. Alongside engagement activities, two films have been produced exploring how cycling can help to build community, create a better and more sustainable Glasgow, and contribute to Scotland’s efforts to tackle the global climate emergency.

Creative Carbon Scotland’s expertise in supporting collaborations between arts and sustainability partners through its culture/SHIFT programme has proved invaluable in supporting the delivery of the VeloCommunities Embedded Artist project. Creative Carbon Scotland was responsible for recruiting the artists and supporting collaboration between the partners – the artists, Bike for Good and project commissioners, the Scottish Government.

The films were commissioned to celebrate cycling initiative ‘VeloCommunities’, the 1,000th project funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, which supports community-led organisations to address climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. The VeloCommunities project was designed by Bike For Good with the goal of converting car drivers into cycle commuters, to positively affect the environment. The project involves cycle training, skills development, and a bike buddy scheme for Glasgow residents, amongst numerous other features.

Artist Lewis Hetherington said:

It’s been hugely eye-opening and invigorating being part of the VeloCommunities project whilst making this film along with Geraldine Heaney. To see the openness, generosity and energy of the organisation has changed the way I think about cycling, and climate change. On a global level it has sharpened my awareness of the scale and urgency of change that is required, but also reminded me of how beautiful that new world could be, where people are happier, healthier, and more connected to each other and to the natural world.”

Glasgow South Hub Leader, Shgufta Anwar said:

“The VeloCommunities project has impacted thousands of lives and has made a real change to people’s travelling habits, confidence and awareness of climate change in Govanhill and beyond. We can’t wait to show the final film and hope the Glasgow cycling community will come along to view and support this amazing creative work!”

A Scottish Government spokesperson added:

“The film highlights how lifestyle changes that reduce our carbon footprint can actually have a very positive impact on our wellbeing. We hope that it will inspire others to get involved in community projects like those supported by the Climate Challenge Fund and to take action in line with our commitment to stop Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation.”

Creative Carbon Scotland is sharing the project learnings and creative outputs to a wider audience through screening events including at their 2019 Green Arts Conference on 8th October, at the International Healthy Streets Summit in Glasgow on 10th October.

The official launch of ‘Let’s Go! A film about cycling, community and climate change’ will take place on Saturday, 12th October at Bike for Good Community South Hub on Langside Lane G42 8BH. The cycling charity invites the public to attend the film premiere party from 3pm-5pm.

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