This summer term with our National Art & Design Saturday Club young people, we worked with Cailtin Howells from Tin House to create 3D costumes. The costumes were part of the national ‘Circus 250‘ celebration project and inspired by the heritage of Great Yarmouth circus. Their amazing vintage horse costumes were worn as part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade on Saturday 9th June.
To start the project, we took our Club to visit the exciting Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth during the Easter Holidays to gather inspiration for their costume making. After seeing a sneak preview of the current Pirates LIVE! show, we took a tour around the museum. Plus, the members of our Club who are working towards their Silver Arts Award interviewed the proprietor Christine Jay about her career and how she came to manage the circus with her family.
The carnival activities are part of ‘Circus Comes to Town’, a collaborative project between Norwich City Council, SeaChange Arts, Lost in Translation, Circus 250 and Norwich Arts Centre. They see the region marking 250 years of circus in 2018, thanks to £150,000 worth of funding from Arts Council England.
We had a brilliant day out at Great Yarmouth Arts Festival carnival parade being vintage circus horses! It was great to be part of this exciting Great Yarmouth cultural event again.