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Friday, April 13, 2012

World Circus Day April 21st 2012

3rd WORLD CIRCUS DAY April 21st, 2012 
FÉDÉRATION MONDIALE du CIRQUE under the Patronage of HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco 

CIRCUS JOSEPH ASHTON is once again proud to be associated with this exciting celebration organised by the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque. World Circus Day is held to high-light the importance of Circus in our cultural life and to remind people that it is important to protect and support this vital and ever-evolving art form.

To celebrate, CIRCUS JOSEPH ASHTON is holding an Art Exhibition and Silent Auction of art-works in their foyer tent in front of the Big Top at LANGLEY PARK, RIVERSIDE DRIVE, PERTH on Saturday April 21st, 2012, from 12 noon to 10pm.

The invited and acclaimed artists all have a connection to the circus. The artists are:

Darren Turner (WA) is a photographer who also moonlights (or is it the other way around?) with the Flying Trapeze school in Melville.

Abi Thompson (Vic) is the mother of a free-lance circus performer. She works in various media, including fibre, print-making and painting. 

Mitzi Alison Tilley (NSW) works in a variety of media and has a special connection to the world of circus: her sister Nikki Ashton is the mother of the eponymous Joseph Ashton of Circus Joseph Ashton. Surprisingly enough, this is the first time Mitzi has done anything with a circus theme. 

Jules Uhlmann (WA) generally does works on paper and is collaborating with Paul Uhlmann, a painter and print-maker, for this exhibition.

 Steve Makse (WA) is a painter with a connection to the circus: his portrait of Kim Upton, contortionist, was hung in the City of Perth Black Swan Prize for Portraiture last year.

 Judith Roche (WA) works mainly in oil and acylic and this exhibition is largely her idea!

And for the kids there will be a Children’s Art Competition held under the Big Top on Saturday 21st during the 2pm performance. Children attending the circus are invited to bring along their painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media, etc, circus-themed art. There will also be paper and drawing materials provided before the performance for those children who haven’t heard about the competition. It is completely free to enter and there will be prizes for 3 age groups: 0-6, 7-10, and 11-15.

For more information on the Art Exhibition and Children’s Art Competition you can ring Pixi on 04056 77936 or email her at

 For more information on World Circus Day go to: where you will be able to follow the links to discover what World Circus Day activities are being held near you.


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