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Cycling to art!

Cycling to art! From April onwards, there will again be free guided bike tours for art lovers every Sunday along the Emscherkunstweg. A total of 20 works can be discovered and viewed in a lively exchange with trained guides. The tours are organised by the Emschergenossenschaft and designed by Urbane Künste Ruhr.

On Sunday, 3 April, the first public bike tour along the Emscherkusntweg will take place from 2 to 5 pm. This tour starts at Holwickede station and goes from the source of the Emscher to Dortmund. In addition to the new artwork »Public Hybrid« by David Jablonowski, the tour passes »The Insect Societies (Part I)« by Henrik Håkansson, the »Spirits of the Emscher Valley« by Studio Orta, »Zur kleinen Weile« by raumlabor and the »Kunstpause« by atelier le balto. To participate free of charge with your own bike, you need to register for the event at by Thursday, 31 March.

The public outreach programme starts in April. Photo: Daniel Sadroswki / Emscherkunstweg

The bike tours invite you to ride along the Emscherkunstweg every Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. from April to October 2022. All excursions lead to at least three works of art and are accompanied by trained art educators and cycle tour guides. A bicycle of your own is a prerequisite for participation. Electric bikes are permitted, but should be adapted to the speed of the group. The routes are not suitable for racing bikes. The tours, which are about 22 km long, run on predominantly flat routes, mainly on gravel and asphalt paths. At an average speed of about 14 km/h, the level of difficulty is easy and also suitable for children aged 12 and over. The journey to the meeting point as well as the departure from the place where the tour ends must be organised individually.

The exact meeting points will be announced with the confirmation of participation. As the maximum number of participants is twelve, registration is required via the Emscherkusntweg website.

Further information on the respective tour, the conditions of participation and the corona protection measures applicable in each case will be sent by e-mail with the confirmation of participation at least two days before the date.

Information on all dates and routes can be found on the website

From April onwards, there will be a guided bike tour every Sunday. Photo: Daniel Sadrowski / Emscherkunstweg

The Emscherkunstweg is a cooperation between Urbane Künste Ruhr, Emschergenossenschaft and Regionalverband Ruhr under the patronage of Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The sculpture path emerged from the temporary exhibition format Emscherkunst, which has accompanied the Emscher conversion by the Emschergenossenschaft since 2010. Since 2018, the Emscherkunstweg has been reconceptualised and expanded as a permanent offering under the artistic direction of Britta Peters, Urbane Künste Ruhr.

On the Emscherkunstweg, the cooperation partners offer a free educational programme from April to October. Every Sunday there is a guided bike tour. The Emschergenossenschaft is the organiser. Photo: Daniel Sadrowski / Emscherkunstweg
At least three works of art are visited in small groups. Photo: Daniel Sadrowski / Emscherkunstweg
The free bike tours on the Emscherkunstweg take place every Sunday from April to October. Photo: Daniel Sadrowski / Emscherkunstweg

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