CIRCA Art Magazine is an independent, artist- and writer-led online art publication. CIRCA takes art production as a dynamic point of engagement: we invite proposals for text and hybrid-media contributions that think with and through art, artworks and art practices, rather than simply about them. CIRCA’s geographical focus is the island of Ireland.
Michaële Cutaya – Editor
Aidan Kelly Murphy – Associate Editor
Laurence Greenfield – Proofreader
Website: we would like to thank the students of the Digital Skills Academy for their work on the new website: Andrew Wilkinson for his lead work in the project, Helena Legrange for the design as well as Eva Hayes, Peter Boyd, Mark McKechnie and Ronan Walsh.
CIRCA, the story so far
Arising from a need expressed by artists, CIRCA was founded in Belfast in 1981. First established as a bi-monthly publication with a distinctly Northern focus, within a couple of years it had extended its reach and developed an all-Ireland remit. By 1984 its main funders were Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon / the Arts Council of Ireland.
In its very first editorial, the editors made clear their aim for the magazine:
“To look at art production in a broad sense; we feel it is important to strike a balance between articles on particular art and artists and a more searching analysis of art production in a socio-political context.”
CIRCA became a quarterly in 1992. Its last statement in 2011 read:
“CIRCA is Ireland’s leading magazine for contemporary visual arts. Appearing quarterly, its 112 full-colour pages contain news, reviews, previews, interviews, feature articles and a host of images. The magazine is dedicated to reflecting visual culture as it unfolds throughout Ireland while also reporting on important developments further afield. CIRCA is a vital resource for artists, academics, students, researchers, arts administrators, those working in related fields and all who are interested in visual culture in Ireland.”
For various reasons, mainly funding-related, CIRCA stopped printing in Winter 2009. Its last printed issue was its 130th. It continued as an online publication until 2013.
In December 2015, Michaële Cutaya and Marian Lovett responded to a call for proposals on the future of CIRCA. Their collaboration on the project began in February 2016. They re-deployed CIRCA Art Magazine as an online publishing platform with two domains of activities: the archive and the magazine. Cutaya is editor of the magazine since 2018 and Aidan Kelly Murphy is associate editor since March 2019. Laurence Greenfield has been our dedicated proofreader since 2016.
CIRCA Art Magazine is a not-for-profit company incorporated in Northern Ireland.
CIRCA’s non executive directors are Peter FitzGerald, Sara Greavu, Stephanie McBride and Brian Redmond.
Michaële Cutaya is a writer and researcher on art living in County Galway. She writes essays and reviews for Irish publications in print and online. She co-founded Fugitive Papers in 2011. Full Bibliography
Peter FitzGerald is an artist, web- and app-developer, and in charge of Dnote and iCulture. He has developed many other initiatives, such as paintfor.me and fineart.foundation – and he has worked on various projects at Code for Ireland.
Sara Greavu works with artists and others to make exhibitions, projects and texts. In her role as Head of Public Programmes in CCA Derry~Londonderry and as an independent curator, she has developed and delivered a range of collaborative projects including exhibitions, research, engaged public programmes, educational platforms, and events such as lecture-performances, workshops, symposia, screening seasons, and reading groups.
Laurence Greenfield was a librarian with NUI Galway for ten years until he retired in February 2012. he had previously worked for many years in the library of Middlesex University in the UK. Throughout his career, he has been involved in producing a wide range of library related publications such as general guides, subject specific information guides and newsletters.
Aidan Kelly Murphy is a writer and photographer based in Dublin. He is the Arts Editor for The Thin Air as well as a contributing writer for Visual Artist Ireland News-sheet and this is tomorrow.
Brian Redmond is a photographer and consultant who is very active in supporting the arts and heritage in Ireland; see longmeadowstudios.com. He has been chairperson of the Irish Georgian society for a number of years.