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Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Circus

Event, Exhibition (temporary) 24 March 2018 - 3 June 2018


    • A major exhibition of historic and contemporary art that marks the UK's distinct circus heritage and the contemporary circus scene alive in Bristol today. Since the 1700s, the circus has become a worldwide phenomenon and a rich source of inspiration for artists. The glitter and dare-devilry has hidden a sometimes harsh, itinerant way of life. Across the centuries, circus has evolved to encompass radical new forms of performance and self-expression. From historical depictions of familiar circus scenes to contemporary works exploring both the glamour and grit, this exhibition surveys the complex, compelling nature of circus. This exhibition coincides with Circus250 - a nationwide celebration of the 250th anniversary of circus in the UK. Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays
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