CIRCA is an online magazine publishing reviews, essays and projects around the theory and practice of contemporary art in Ireland.
Editors: Michaële Cutaya and Marian Lovett
Assistant Editor: Chris Hayes
Proofreader: Laurence Greenfield
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 have re-deployed CIRCA Art Magazine as an online publishing platform. Chris Hayes joined the team as assistant editor in January 2018.
CIRCA Art Magazine is a charitable company incorporated in Northern Ireland.
CIRCA’s non executive directors are Brian Redmond and Peter FitzGerald.
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.
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.
Chris Hayes is an Irish art critic based in London. He is a former Co-Director of Ormston House, and was an arts columnist with the Limerick Leader newspaper. His writing has appeared in Time Out, the Temporary Art Review, the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, the Irish Arts Review, Critical Bastards, Paper Visual Art and CIRCA Art Magazine. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Marian Lovett is a writer, curator and project manager. She was the acting director and curatorial advisor at the Limerick City Gallery (2010-2011) and she headed up Temple Bar Gallery and Studios for nine years (2001 – 2010). During that time she directed, curated and led numerous exhibitions, projects and partnerships.
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.