Museums at Night at the Burton Gallery

Two events at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery will mark the 'Museums at Night' festival this week (18 and 19 May).

The Burtons Present - The Bizarre Bohemian Circus Spectacular!

On:  Friday 18 May 2012

At:   4.00-7.00pm

An installation-based performance by PCI students like you've never seen before, making use of visual art, circus art, popular and traditional theatre, paper crafts, music, dance and more to entertain and promote greater understanding of the University Art Collection through exploring the back stories of the artists who created each piece.

So come along and be welcomed by our fortune teller, visit the paper menagerie, meet Frosty - a clown with four temperaments, a woman whose life hangs on a wire, the World's Weakest Strongman and the Puppet Brothers - but who is in control?

The event is free event and all are welcome. No booking necessary.

The Mona Lisa of rock'n'roll? Peter Blake, the Beatles and the making of the Sgt. Pepper sleeve: Talk by Dr Simon Warner

On:  Saturday 19 May 2012

At:   2.00-3.15pm

Continuing in the circus vein, Dr Simon Warner will be giving a talk on the making of the artwork for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's sleeve, the album that also name-checks the famous 19th century circus performer, Pablo Fanque on the track 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite'.

Fanque's grave, located in the grounds of the University, is just one the of the interesting connections to the Sgt. Pepper's album, the other being a signed copy of the artwork, now on show at the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery in the School of Music.  The talk will be followed by a trip to see the original, which sits among other famous works by Blake.

Dr Simon Warner is a lecturer in Popular Music at the University and has previously worked as a journalist, critic and publicist.  He was one of the initiators of the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery project.  The Gallery opened in 2005 and shows a collection of some of the most significant album artwork of the twentieth century.

The talk is free and all are welcome. No booking is necessary, but seating is limited so please arrive early.

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