The Circus Diaries is a wonderful oral history and photographic project documenting traditional Australian circus life from the 1920's to the present. Over the past three years I have travelled through much of Australia interviewing and photographing circus elders and families, and living with traditional circuses.

The Circus Diaries is a PhD project in partnership with The Australian Centre of Melbourne University and the Performing Arts Collection of the Arts Centre, Victoria.The Circus Diaries exhibition opened at the George Adams Gallery of the Arts Centre, 100 St. Kilda Rd, Melbourne, on May 18th, and ran till July 15th, 2007. The exhibition was an outcome from my Australian Circus Oral History PhD research and features photographs by Cal MacKinnon. To see some of Cal's contemporary images from The Circus Diaries exhibition, please click on the link to her website on the right.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Opening of The Circus Diaries exhibition, 18th May 2007.

Cal MacKinnon and I out the front of the Arts Centre.

Cal MacKinnon in front of her portrait of Dollie Lennon - elder of Lennon Bros Circus.

Frank and Manuella Gasser of Circus Royale.

With Janine Barrand - director of the Performing Arts Collection, the Arts Centre, and Kate Darian-Smith - Australian Centre, Melbourne University.

Doug Ashton and Frank Gasser with portrait of Doyle Gill.

With Fred Braid - circus historian, and Doug Ashton - elder of the Ashtons circus clan. In front of portrait of Lorna Bilsborough - equestrienne.


Andrea Rieniets said...

I loved the opening. It was so heart warming and joyful. Thanks to all!

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Etta said...

Good post.