image for Exhibition item typeCupola: A Circus Installation at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery

Exhibition, Wed 11 - Mon 23 Apr 2018, free entry




Lister Park,

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Cupola - the crown in the roof of the big top.

The exhibition Cupola marks the celebration of the 250th Anniversary of UK modern circus in 2018. the exhibition showcases the work of local aerial circus company Skinning the Cat who toured internationally 1988 - 2002 and could often be seen performing in Lister Park as part of the Bradford Festival.

Skinning the Cat lived in Manningham and many of the artists involved to make their shows were from Bradford. These skills included, set, prop and costume design, performance, photography, graphic design and marketing. As well as practicing trapeze above the heads of footballers in Manningham sprots centre, Skinning the Cat created their work as members of Bradford arts studios in Thornton.

Becky Truman, artistic director and aerialist for Skinning the Cat has created sculptures that explore audience and artist engagement through the circus experience, past and present in Yorkshire. The exhibition paralles a Skinning the Cat costume displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which marks the company's role in the creation of contemporary circus. The exhibition will include, amongst others, the costume which worked as a duo on the trapeze with the one displayed in the V&A.

Kindly funded by Arts Council England.

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Event details

Dates Times
Wed 11 - Mon 23 Apr 2018
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm - please note: we are closed on Mondays

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 27 December, New Years Day, Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays.

***Due to essential maintenance, some parts of the gallery may be closed to the public until the end March, T: 01274 431212 for info.***


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    Map reference: SE 151351  Lat: 53.81196 Long: -1.77215

    Cartwright Hall Art Gallery is in the middle of Lister Park, one and a half miles from the City Centre on the A650 Manningham Lane. There is limited parking in Lister Park, accessible from North Park Road (off Oak Lane). Lister Park is served by many city centre bus services including 23, 25, 26, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 622, 647, 662, w5. Cartwright Hall is about ten minutes' uphill walk from Frizinghall railway station.

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    Parking: free

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0.8 miles from Frizinghall Train station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups