27 October / 11.15 am-1.15 pm/ Free / Booking essential – Eventbrite
Meet at main entrance to Weston Park Museum at 11.15am. The walk will last for two hours.
Art Walk 5 will visit Weston Park Museum, Western Bank Library’s National Fairground and Circus Archive at Sheffield University and Trafalgar Studios and will be celebrating “extraordinary feats from ordinary people” be it at the circus, or simply making things happen. The walk will be led by Sarah Villeneau, a multi-portfolio practitioner based at Exchange Place Studios, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield.
Weston Park Museum – Circus! Show of Shows
A dazzling celebration of 250 years of circus in Great Britain, Circus! Show of Shows shines a spotlight on the remarkable stories behind the much-loved spectacle.
Delve into the drama of the big top and explore the hidden histories of women performers and black circus artists, as well as Sheffield’s own circus story, the changing attitudes towards animal performance, and the enduring influence of circus on popular culture.
See one of the world’s most famous circus paintings, Degas’ breath-taking Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, alongside crowd-pleasing displays bringing together over 150 objects, from glittering costumes and rare historic posters to films, archive photographs and more.
Circus! Show of Shows is a major national exhibition series created in collaboration with one of the UK’s foremost circus experts, Professor Vanessa Toulmin from the University of Sheffield’s School of English. The project is a partnership between Museums Sheffield, Norfolk Museums Service, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museumsand The University of Sheffield Library National Fairground and Circus Archive, made possible thanks to National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The exhibition forms part of Circus 250, a UK-wide celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018.
University of Sheffield – National Fairground and Circus Archive: Circus Performers: Extraordinary Feats from Ordinary People
Showcasing rare and important collections, the exhibition examines the stories behind the pioneering showmen and Circus performers who have thrilled audiences around the world. From the equestrian skills of Philip Astley to human cannonballs, visitors can discover the reality behind the amazing talents of acrobats, aerialists, animal tamers and clowns and learn what made and continues to make them so special.
Describing themselves as a studio space for the creative community, Trafalgar Studios are a relatively new artist led space designed and built by the studio holders with an unorthodox community structure and a wide variety of arts disciplines. We will have a tour of the building, meet the artists and visit their studios.
Art Walks form part of Making Ways, a programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.