Melbourne’s iconic Women’s Circus celebrate their 25th Anniversary this November by presenting Stories in Motion – a powerful exhibition of it’s history, with a vibrant collection of photographic archives, oral and written stories, and memorabilia.
Returning to their original home at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Stories in Motion showcases the Women’s Circus remarkable history with resources from over 30 original theatre-circus works. Part-interactive, this exhibition looks to the organisation’s rich past and invites audiences to join in celebrating the exciting future ahead.
“Women’s Circus is an important and unique organisation because we place women, and women’s stories, centre stage and in full light,” says Executive Director, Devon Taylor. “We see the process of making art in a community setting as indelibly linked to the nature of our product (our process IS our product), and we believe in the potential of all women to find their place, their joy, and their strength.”
Founded by Donna Jackson in 1991 to work with women who were the survivors of violence or abuse, the Women’s Circus was originally a project of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Twenty-five years later, this company is still proudly based in Melbourne’s vibrant West and now works with women of all ages, experience levels and cultural backgrounds as well as with local communities.
Women’s Circus: Stories in Motion
Gabriel Gallery – Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray
Exhibition: 17 November – 10 December 2016
For more information, visit: www.womenscircus.org.au for details.
Image: Women’s Circus, Odditorium (2003) – photo by Marie Watts