24 March - 3 June 2018
Royal West of England Academy

To celebrate 250 years of circus, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) presents a major exhibition that pays homage to the greatest show on earth.

Sawdust and Sequins will feature historic and contemporary art, inspired by the magic, thrills and spills of the Big Top.

Sawdust and Sequins will feature works by contemporary artists including Sir Peter Blake RWA (Hon), Abigail Lane, Eileen Cooper OBE RA, Beth Carter, PJ Crook MBE RWA, Stephen Jacobson VPRWA and George Tute RWA, as well as new commissions by artists Sadie Tierney, Katharine Jones and Abigail Lane

The exhibition will also include historic works by Dame Laura Knight RA RWA, Edward Seago, Walter Sickert RA, David Bomberg, Duncan Grant RWA, Robert Colquhoun, Thérèse Lessore (on loan from The British Council, Arts Council Collection, Government Art Collection, Royal Academy, Royal College of Art and Leeds Art Gallery amongst others).

Queen’s Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Adults: £6.95 (includes a 70p donation)
Concessions: £4.95 (includes a 50p donation)
Under 18s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: FREE
Art Fund card holders: £4.50 (includes a 50p donation)


Circus Series: Circus I 2002 oil 44.5 x 54cm • from a series of three • exhibited • sold

Circus series: Circus II 2002 oil 44.5 x 56cm • from a series of three • private collection

Circus series: Circus Scene II 2010 oil 36.7x45cm • from a series of three • private collection

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George Tute