This display reveals the fascination that the theatre and circus holds for artists.

The dynamism, spectacle and artifice of the stage – whether theatre or circus – have fascinated artists since time immemorial, and this display acknowledges the 250th anniversary of the circus in the UK.

The selection of works on paper from the Barber's collection explores how Degas, Sickert and others have portrayed figures linked to the stage, such as actors and performers, who are themselves creating illusion and representing the world around them.

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TS

0121 414 7333


Opening times

Weekdays, 10am - 5pm
Weekends, 11am - 5pm

1st January, Good Friday, 24-26th December: Closed.

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