Join us for the Grand Opening of our new exhibition '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!
Roll Up! Roll Up! This Spring The National Centre for Craft and Design and artsNKcelebrate 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!