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EXHIBITIONS

Tribe, Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, until 20 May

Silence © Emma Powell/Kristen Hoving

With 2018 being the centenary of women’s suffrage, the National Trust is celebrating this with events revolving around the theme of women and power. Lori Vrba, a North Carolina-based photographer and curator, has created an exhibition in a range of styles and techniques that reflect photography as it is being practiced today. “Our work is feminine without apology,” she explains. “We are drawn to that romantic notion of storytelling, memory, nostalgia, the natural world and family. As artists, we come together within our medium for inspiration, collaboration, postulation, and celebration. “This connection provides a deep well of power that we as makers are strengthened and sustained by. It is our commitment to Tribe that not only elevates the work itself but keeps us moving to the lunar rhythms of a passionate and sensitive creative life.” • nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Sawdust and Sequins, RWA, until 3 June Bristol once had six permanent circuses and today is home to more companies than any other UK city – a hub for ground-breaking, contemporary performance. To celebrate 250 years of circus, this exhibition pays homage to ‘the greatest show on Earth’. See historic and contemporary art inspired by the magic, thrills and spills of the Big Top. Since it began, circus has become a worldwide phenomenon and rich source of inspiration for artists. From historical depictions of familiar circus scenes to contemporary works exploring the glamour and grit, ‘Sequins and Sawdust’ surveys the complex, compelling nature of circus and why it still captures imaginations. Enjoy works by Peter Blake, PJ Crook and Simon Quadrat as well as new commissions by Sadie Tierney and Susie Hamilton. The show will include historic works by Dame Laura Knight, Edward Seago, Walter Sickert and Thérèse Lessore plus Peter Lavery’s intimate, tell-all portraits.

Clowns’ Dressing Room by Henry Hoyland © Royal Academy of Arts

• rwa.org.uk

● Cara Romero, Rainmaker Gallery, until 31 May; Native American art symposium, University of Bristol, 6 June Raised on the Chemehuevi Valley Indian reservation in the heart of the Mojave Desert, Cara Romero is a born visual storyteller with a unique ability to illuminate and communicate subtle and complex perspectives on contemporary Indigenous life. She invites us all to marvel at the beauty, colours and textures of her worldview and understand some of the challenges that face Indigenous communities across the continent. Through a variety of intimate portraits and playful images, her exhibition offers an authentic view of Indigenous identities, cultures and landscapes. Members of the public who are interested in Native American art are also invited to attend a one-day symposium on the subject on 6 June at Bristol University’s Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. The keynote speaker will be Native American artist Marla Allison (Laguna Pueblo) and the symposium will end with the official opening of her exhibition ‘Painter from the Desert’ at the Rainmaker Gallery. • rainmakerart.co.uk; research.kent.ac.uk/beyondthespectacle/events

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MAY 2018

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Jackrabbit Cottontail by Cara Romero

The Bristol Magazine May 2018  

The Bristol Magazine is Bristol’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bristol

The Bristol Magazine May 2018  

The Bristol Magazine is Bristol’s biggest monthly guide to life and living in the city of Bristol