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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Times & Prices

​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

Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm and bank holiday Mondays. Last entry is half an hour before closing time. 

 

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