Sawdust and Sequins: The Art of the Circus

Image Credit: RWA

Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX

Saturday 24 March 2018 – Sunday 03 June 2018
Opening Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm, Sunday 11am–5pm, CLOSED Mondays
Admission Fee: Adults: £6.95 (includes a 70p donation), Concessions: £4.95 (includes a 50p donation), Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE, National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

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.

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