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CIRCUS Art exhibition at The Yare Gallery in association with Peter Jay, Hippodrome Circus.

Written by  Sarah Young
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CIRCUS Art exhibition at The Yare Gallery in association with Peter Jay, Hippodrome Circus.

The newly opened Yare Gallery, on Great Yarmouth’s historic South Quay overlooking the river, opens this week (Friday) with an amazing collection of circus paintings and artefacts from famous artists, many of whom are Norfolk and Suffolk based and internationally known painters of circus subjects – Bruer Tidman, has been painting the Hippodrome circus since 1984, and has over a dozen paintings in the show.

Colin Self an English Pop Artist who has over 30 works in the Tate, will have 6 of his clowns on display and a series of circus themed sculptures created from tin cans , Will Teather a leading figurative artist will have one of his famous spheres and a series of circus paintings, Mark Burrell, a Lowestoft based realist painter who tells great stories through his paintings and Peter Rodulfo, living in Great Yarmouth but who has travelled and exhibited across the world, plus a host of local and national artists who have embraced the theme of CIRCUS for our winter art exhibition. 

We also have a display of children’s artworks from a competition held to coincide with this event.  With additional props from the Hippodrome Circus here in Great Yarmouth, our entire 3 storey 17th Century Merchants House is a feast for the eyes.

Exhibition will be on from 12 November 2021 – 13 January 2022 and we will be open Tuesday to Saturday 11-5 (last entry 4.30) this free to enter art gallery on the east coast of England is a must visit. With parking available and just a short stroll from the train station. Opening in early summer this year, this is The Yare Gallery’s 4th exhibition and promises a cornucopia of delights for all tastes and pockets – much like the Hippodrome itself.

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               Peter Rodulfo

Sarah Young, Curator at The Yare Gallery says it’s been a joy as a circus fan, to be working on this exhibition not only with many talented and well-respected artists, and also the Jay family who have been so generous with their time, flair and props from their collection of circus memorabilia.   We have over 200 pieces of artwork in the exhibition, most for sale, from local and internationally known artists.  Many of whom have been directly inspired by the Hippodrome.  Plus artefacts from Peter Jays collection decorating the house.

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Peacock Goddess - Mark Burrell 

There was circus in six wooden circus buildings in Great Yarmouth before the Edwardian Hippodrome was built. The Hippodrome building was created in 1903 and its splendid interior and fantastic performances have been delighting audiences ever since.  It is the last surviving standalone circus building, and one of only 3 in the world with its original sinking ring and water show.   It has been owned by the Jay family since 1979.

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        Athena by Bruer Tidman

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