Cupola: A Circus Installation


Currently running until Monday, 23 April 2018

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.

Opening Notes:

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.***

Price notes:

Free entry

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Venue Details

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
Lister Park
BD9 4N


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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Accessibility available at this venue:

Disabled toilets
Wheelchair ramps
Disabled Parking

Communication aids available:

Bradford Museums and Galleries are proud to announce the introduction of AppEar; a new system to help the visually impaired explore our collections. This year we have been working closely with RNIB and Bradford Talking Media to develop the use of the audio PenFriend devices, which are already widely used within the visually impaired community. Visitors can now borrow a PenFriend from our reception desk to hear visual descriptions of the surrounding displays. For more information on the introduction of the AppEar system please contact Kirsty Gaskin tel 01535 618231 email

Additional accessibility information:

Disabled parking and wheelchair access to rear of the building. Please ring bell and an attendant will assist. Access to all departments is by a lift. Accessible toilet. Baby changing unit. For further Cartwright Hall disabled access information visit DisabledGo

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