To publish a magazine is to enter into a heightened relationship with the present moment.
–Gwen Allen

CIRCA Art Magazine is calling for short texts on contemporary visual arts projects, exhibitions and performances taking place on the island of Ireland in 2019.

This Matters Now is an open call project expanding our inquiry into the relationship between art writing, art magazines and the present moment.

Respondents are invited to write on what intrigues, moves or disturbs in the particular exhibition or project they have chosen. We aim for This Matters Now to be a dynamic space for engaged writing around visual arts in Ireland. We are looking for texts of approximately 300 words, this word-count is flexible. Additional contextual information can be supplied by linking a press release or a project description.

20 texts will be selected from the Open Call and published throughout 2019 on

A fee of € 50 will be paid to the writer for each text published.

You can send propositions and/or completed submissions to

– All submissions should be previously unpublished.

– CIRCA Art Magazine publishes art writing in all its forms but not promotional material. We do not accept submissions from persons involved in any capacity with the project/exhibition discussed.


This Matters Now