Circus250: Art of the Show

9 June–14 October 2018
Hugh Lane Room (Room 31) | Free admission

Glorious feats! - Graceful acts on horseback! - Awe-inspiring aerialists!

This exhibition forms part of the UK and Ireland-wide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the original circus, established by Philip Astley in London in 1768. Dublin was the first city outside England to which he travelled, performing and giving riding lessons from 1773.

The exhibition, which showcases the work of well-known Irish artists such as Jack B. Yeats, Mainie Jellett, Mary Swanzy, Harry Kernoff and Martin Gale RHA, will bring some of the fun of the big top and the history of this inspiring spectacle to the Gallery. An exciting programme of performances, film screenings, workshops, talks and tours has been planned, including a residency by illustrator Steve Simpson. Immerse yourself in the world of the circus at the Gallery this summer!

Curator: Joanne Drum, National Gallery of Ireland


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