Circus

Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

28 Apr – 8 Jul 2018

Main Gallery

Roll Up! Roll Up! This Spring The National Centre for Craft & Design and artsNK celebrate the 250th anniversary of Circus in Britain with a spectacular new show: Circus: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture. Join us for a balancing act of live performance and aerial acrobatics, film, photography, circus ephemera and design.

The exhibition presents elements of circus design through posters, pop culture and costume. Different viewpoints on the subject are uncovered through thematic exploration including Politics; Women in Circus, Equality and Inclusivity. The impact of circus on pop culture is highlighted through film, literature and music. Static exhibits are complemented by an ongoing programme of live aerial acts with star attraction pieces by performers in residence, Claire Crook aka Madam Mango and Rio Willett.

Free drop-in taster sessions will enable you to have a go at your own performance using aerial hoops led by the artsNK Dance Team!

Acts include:

Performers in Residence:

Claire Crook (Madam Mango)

Rio Willett


Costumiers:

Tina Bicât

Becky Truman

Rhiannon Matthews

 

Visual arts:

Peter Lavery

Luke Stephenson                

Posters from the Richley Archive                                   

Liliana Robins

Circus Performances

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Special Event

Fri 6 Jul 2018, 7–8:30pm

Circus Special Closing Performance

£7 adults/£5 for under 16s, please book under 16's places on 01529 308 710

Special Event

Sat 28 Apr 2018, 10am–2pm

Grand Opening Event - Circus: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Featuring a street parade (from 2pm), aerial performances, live acts, taster sessions, circus ephemera, refreshments and so much more!

Aerial Workshops

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Workshop

Sat 5 May, 19 May, 26 May, 9 Jun, 16 June & 23 Jun 11am-12pm

Aerial Silk and Hoop Free Taster Sessions

Free, drop-in session, 8yrs+

Workshop

Mon 21 May 2018, 6–8:30pm

Rio Willett - Aerial Intro Hoop Workshop

Mon 21 May, 6 - 8.30pm
£25, 18yrs+, please book

Workshop

Sun 3 Jun 2018, 1:30–4pm

Aerial Intro Rope Workshop with Claire Crook (Madam Mango)

Sun 3 June, 1.30-4pm
£25, 18yrs+, please book

Circus Craft Workshops

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Workshop

Sat 2 Jun 2018, 10am–3pm

Circus Life Drawing

£30, 16yrs+, paper provided, please bring your own drawing implements

Workshop

Sat 23 Jun 2018, 11am–1pm

Circus Craft – Lifecasting

£20 adults/£16 under 16s, 12yrs+, under-16s must be accompanied by paying adult, please book

Workshop

Sat 30 Jun 2018, 11am–3pm

Circus Typography - Poster and Print

£40, 18yrs+, please book

Circus Craft Workshops

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Workshop

Tue 29 May 2018, 10am–2pm

May Half-term - Circus Acrobats!

Free, drop-in session, everyone welcome

Workshop

Sat 23 Jun 2018, 2–4pm

Circus Masks – 3D Cardboard

£16 adults/£8 under 16s, under 16s must be accompanied by paying adult, please book