Circus of Dreams: new exhibition at Calderdale Industrial Museum

Calderdale Industrial Museum invite you to step back in time to the early 1800s to 1900s, to a forgotten world of sideshows and daring feats – from Saturday 11th December.

Circuses have been a popular form of entertainment for centuries, but their acts have changed greatly over time. This exhibition of Assemblage art shows in its collection a number of scenes involving characters and creatures that reveal surreal and sometimes dark aspects the fascinating history of the circus.

L3 final year students at Calderdale College invite you to peep into their boxes of visual delights, this exhibition is reminiscent of the kind of sideshows and freak shows often accompanying the grand circus’s of the past.

An assemblage is a collection of ephemera, objects lost and found, artistic compositions made from scraps, junk, and odds and ends. In this project students have recycled and upcycled materials to create their boxes, each one tells a story of a forgotten characters and circus acts such as Anne Oakley the Famous American shootist to tatooed ladies, fortune tellers, tightrope walkers, trapeze high flyers.

The Industrial Museum has kindly offered this new exhibition space for our students to showcase their art. We hope you enjoy the Show!

The exhibition is open every Saturday from 11th December to 18th December and then again on Saturday 8th, 15th and 22nd January from 10am to 4pm.

The museum is closed from 19th December until 7th January.

The entrance fee: £5 per adult. Concessions £4. accompanied children enter free. 

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