AN installation celebrating a circus group that started in Bradford will open in a gallery tomorrow.

Cupola at Cartwright Hall, is inspired by Skinning The Cat, an aerial circus company that was based in Manningham. The group regularly performed in the city, including at Bradford Festival, from the late 1980s.

They were best know for their death defying trapeze acts, performed in colourful costumes.

The installation in the Lister Park gallery, funded by Arts Council England and replicating a show, parallels a Skinning the Cat costume displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It will include, amongst others, the costume which worked as a duo on the trapeze with the one displayed in the V&A.

It has been put together with the help of Becky Truman, artistic director and aerialist at Skinning The Cat.

The installation will be in place until April and is part of a wider exhibition celebrating 250 years of the modern UK circus, which opens in the gallery on Saturday November 25.