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Carbon, Sulphur & Paint by James Straffon

RedHouse Originals Gallery, 15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate HG1 1DW

Date: Now showing until 19th July 2014

Carbon, Sulphur and Paint is an exciting new project celebrating the arrival in Harrogate of the Grand Depart. It will be presented by acclaimed fine artist James Straffon in partnership with a group of esteemed independent Harrogate businesses and will highlight Yorkshire’s heritage and unrivalled history with the world’s greatest cycling race - the Tour de France.

The nature and scale of the events involved within Carbon, Sulphur and Paint will make it one of the most ambitious and innovative experiences available to the public during the Grand Depart. RedHouse Originals Gallery, Poliform North and Rooster’s Brewing Co. have collaborated with the artist James Straffon on a concept comprising an art exhibition, a pop-up cycling museum, a large scale public mural and exclusive event ale brewed especially to mark this historic occasion in Yorkshire’s history.

The Artist
James Straffon has dedicated his life to "The Art of Cycling" and has produced work for legendary designer Sir Paul Smith and the London Design Festival. He has strong links within the cycling world and recently collaborated with Rapha Racing publishing the ‘Le Tour’ book with foreword by David Millar.

Carbon, Sulphur and Paint - The Exhibition
Straffon has created 42 original artworks focusing on the unrivalled heritage of the world’s greatest cycle race - the Tour de France. Drawing on the rich and vibrant history of the tour and its affinity with Yorkshire, this one-off exhibition will include specially created portraits of the greatest riders on the tour alongside some of the biggest names in cycling today. Alongside the portraits, this “Hall Of Fame” will also feature a collection of decorated cycling shoes including examples worn by such tour luminaries as Bradley Wiggins and David Millar (the shoe artwork 'Redemption' will commemorate Millar's final Tour de France, in what will be  his retirement season).
James Straffon will attend the exhibition in person during a special ‘Tour Party’ on Friday 4th July.

Where: RedHouse Originals Gallery, 15 Cheltenham Mount, Harrogate HG1 1DW
When: Exhibition opens Saturday 7th June - 19th July
‘VIP Tour Party’: Friday 4th July, 6 - 9pm. Please RSVP to

The Mural
James Straffon has created a stunning large scale mural on the side of the The Factory building in the centre of Harrogate. It showcases iconic images of cycling heroes including Jacques Anquetil, Tommy Simpson, Brian Robinson, Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and of course Harry Binns.
Straffon: “It will be my final body of work focused on this unrivalled sporting spectacle. So I feel honoured to mark this closing chapter of my artistic career with the race coming to Harrogate. The Grand Depart represents a unique moment in time, and this show celebrates that.  I have come to understand that this epic story has a place for every person who takes to the open road. And that, perhaps, is the heart - legacy.”
The mural can be viewed from Station Bridge and from Victoria Avenue in the town centre from Saturday 7th June. It can also be seen from all in and outbound trains in Harrogate station.

Where: Poliform North, The Factory, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 1DX. For more info please visit the Poliform website here

The Museum
The team at Poliform North at The Factory (part of The Stephen Neall Group) have curated an incredible collection of original artefacts focusing on the “diehard and dedicated” cycling heroes. The display includes an extraordinary group of vintage bicycles including replica or examples used by Tommy Simpson, Brian Robinson and Ken Russell. Today’s heroes of cycling will be represented with James Straffon’s “Hall of Fame” portraits also on display.
Poliform North will host a special event at their luxurious town centre showroom on the evening of Saturday 5th July. Highlights include a talk by some of Yorkshire’s legendary cycling veterans, live cooking and fundraising events.

Where: Poliform North, The Factory, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate HG1 1DX
When: From Saturday 23rd June - 12th July
‘VIP Museum Event’: Saturday 5th July, RSVP to

The Ale
Named in tribute to the fabled Harry Binns, Rooster’s Brewing Co. have created 'The Golden Eagle' an exclusive event ale to commemorate Carbon, Sulphur and Paint. Rooster’s, renowned for their pioneering approach to brewing, have worked with Straffon in designing the stunning artwork and branding to compliment this unique moment in Harrogate’s history.

Who Is Harry Binns…?
Carbon, Sulphur and Paint will explore the legend of Harry Binns, seen by many to represent the “Spirit of the Tour”. Straffon will study the man behind the myth posing the eternal question: “Who Is Harry?”
A dedicated website is online at

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