This exhibition documents circus life, from backstage ordinariness to sequinned spectacle.

Photographer Peter Lavery is best known for his advertising work, but for the last 50 years he has also been photographing circus performers around Britain.

All shot on a plate camera, the work portrays an impressive collection of circus subjects; intimately detailed photographs that expose moments of ordinariness in extraordinary lives.

Lavery has had an enduring interest and passion for the subject since dropping in on a small indoor circus in his home town of Wakefield in 1968.

This exhibition celebrates both 250 years of circus and Lavery’s five-decade-long fascination with it.

The Harley Gallery

Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LW

01909 501700


Opening times

The Harley Gallery
Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm, Sun until 4pm

The Portland Collection
Mon – Sun, 11am – 4pm

Closed over the Christmas period and Easter Sun

Free to all

15% off in shop

Valid to 31 December 2018

Offering a changing array of handmade crafts, from unique jewellery to luxurious homeware, the Harley Craft shop complements the events and displays taking place in the Gallery itself. Enjoy 15% off all purchases with your National Art Pass.

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more

Exhibitions at The Harley Gallery

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top