Got some down­time? Have some clown time

Bristol Post - - THE BIG PICTURE -

ROLL up, roll up – the cir­cus is in town. A new ex­hi­bi­tion has opened at Bris­tol Mu­seum cel­e­brat­ing 250 years of cir­cus.

The dis­play fea­tures cos­tumes and fas­ci­nat­ing ar­chives over the years as well as an in­trigu­ing dis­play of Clown Eggs.

Clowns In­ter­na­tional has been paint­ing the faces of its mem­bers on eggs for over 70 years.

Each one is a record of a clown’s unique iden­tity, pre­serv­ing the un­writ­ten rule that no clown should copy an­other’s look.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is at the mu­seum cour­tesy of Clowns In­ter­na­tional and the Lon­don Clown Gallery-Mu­seum.

Vis­i­tors to the gallery will be able to dis­cover the ori­gins of clown­ing and find out more about the hi­lar­i­ous and of­ten bizarre sto­ries of the peo­ple be­neath the colour­ful ex­te­rior.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is part of Cir­cus 250 – a na­tional cel­e­bra­tion of 250 years of cir­cus in 2018 and runs un­til Jan­uary 6.

Pic­tures by Dave Betts

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