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.