FIRE & STEAM supporters


We are delighted to announce our commissioned artists who are creating a series of illuminated builds and works responding to our 2019 theme, FIRE & STEAM: celebrating the unique railway heritage of our area. 

These are: Mik Weir (Halo); Billy Wynter; Simon Carter (Lumatec); Isa Suarez; Fiddian Warman (Soda); Mark Gregory & Biddy Lloyd (Carnival of the Imagination); Chloe Benbow; and Pete Cole (Four2Three).

The commissions represent a very exciting and diverse array of approaches and inspirations around our core theme, and comprising mobile visual or theatrical builds, musical/sound creations, projection / digital mapping, and one special build for our secret spectacular finale in each town. The builds are presently under way and we are looking forward to witnessing the final works in our twin events on Saturday October 12th and Sunday October 13th – see more about the events here.

Schools workshops and heritage sessions with professional artists and heritage experts are also well under way in 11 school settings and a wide array of community groups. Thanks to our highly experienced delivery team Reg Payn, Laura Drayson, Sue Loydell, Laura Frances Martin, Jane MacDonald and Nicola Wills. 

Plus, find our more about our FREE open community workshops, running on two consecutive weekends in each town to help everyone prepare for the processive events, on our get involved page! 




Thank you to our amazing professional artists, musicians & performers from across the region for 2018: 

Clare Summerson (Acrobat), Laura Drayson (Human Cannonball), Jill Hudson (Strongman), Daniel Miles (Elephant with Balloons), Reg Payn (Cycling Dodo), Caz Ryves (Dumbo joins the circus!), Toby Budd (Cycling Cinema), Higher Beings Circus (Stilt bikes, Trandem, Penny Farthings and aerial circus!) and Rimski & Handkerchief (Cycling Piano and Double Bassicle!)

Caz Ryves’ Flying Elephant! (Simon Stuart Miller Photography 2019)

Laura Drayson’s Human Cannonball! (James Pearce/Lexisplace)



Thanks ALSO to all PREVIOUS Bikelights artists for their inspiring work, SOME OF WHICH CAN BE SEEN HERE: