1. To promote contemporary art as integral part of culture in the Highlands;

  2. To embed an artist-led ethos in all we do;

  3. To value aspiration over previous experience;

  4. To develop a community of support, experimentation, exchange and ideas;

  5. To develop inclusive experiences which embrace diverse communities;

  6. To encourage sharing of values and collaboration between art forms.



Established in March 2019, CiRCUS is a collective of practising, professional artists and producers committed to making contemporary art accessible to a broader Highland audience as well as supporting recent art graduates from our area. We are based in Inverness and work across many different disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, performance and participatory work. 


The current voluntary committee are: Cat Meighan, Kirsten Body, Lorna Campbell, Nicola Gear & Richard Bracken


Current Fellowship: Emma Caldow (2022)

Thank you to all our past volunteers: Sandris Masins (Work Placement 2022), Shaun Fraser (Committee 2019-2021), Cara Murray (Internship 2021), Hester Grant (Zine Fest Co-ordinator 2021 & Internship 2020), Taylor Black (Internship 2021), Sophie Brown (Internship 2020-2021), Holly Osborne (Committee 2020-2021 & Internship 2019), Sadie Stoddart (Committee 2019-2021 & Internship 2019), Isabel McLeish (Internship 2020), Jack Kay (Internship 2019) and Suzie Eggins (Committee 2019).

Would you like to join the team? Find out more here!

Where does the name come from?

We wanted a name that linked to our location; our collective originally met in Inverness Creative Academy on Crown Circus. The word circus derives from Latin meaning "circle" or "ring" and it has lots of connotations that we liked - it evokes a spirit of energy, enjoyment and curiosity and reflects our diverse practices. We also love the Inverness coat of arms featuring a camel and elephant, with origins in international trade, these surprising animals link into our imagining of Inverness’ future of vibrant and unexpected possibilities!

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2022 Graduate Associates exhibitions programme supported by the Hope Scott Trust.


Our 2021/22 programme is supported by funding from Creative Scotland's Open Fund and we are working in partnership with UHI and XpoNorth to deliver the Graduate Associates. 


Wasps Studios supported us with free space at Inverness Creative Academy in 2019 - 2021; as part of their Arts Enterprise Programme.


The Internship programme is supported by funding from The Highland Society of London.

CiRCUS ARTSPACE was part of Creative Scotland's Crowdfunding Creatively pilot scheme with training & mentoring from Paved with Gold. 

Huge thank you to all our Founding Supporters

for their donations: Jim Mooney, Cathy Shankland, Bobby McCarthy, Lorna Campbell, Anna Hawkins, Jack Kay, Fiona Percy, David Body, Philip Mallard, Jon Thomson, Linda Forsyth, Leon Patchett, Catherine Carr, Mairi Mcfadyen, Andrew Tognarelli, Alison Smith, Georgina Coburn, Sarah James-Gaukroger, Kirstie Cohen, Andrew Dawson, Roddy McKenzie, Ian Barr, Alex Ogilvie, Calum & Mairi Macaulay, Clive Brandon, Joanna Wright, Morag Smith, Alexandria Patience, Adrian Farrow, Catherine Feggans, Catherine MacNeil, Martin Minton, Julia Smith, Lindsay Dunbar, Gordon Dickson, Andy Macvicar & Marley the dog, Misha Somerville, Mike Smith & Jackie Cuddy, Shona & Colin Macduff-Duncan, Mary & Brian Rushby, Margie Ramsay, Anne Duncan, David Somerville, Karen Dick, Robert Reid, Micky Johnson, Graeme Roger, Lynne Strachan, Colin O'Brien, Ailsa Strange, Anne Christie, Andrew Christie, Janet Christie, Diana A Sykes, Mairi Benton, Amy Anderson, Ailsa Robertson, Matt Sillars, Sam Banister, Caroline Inckle, Frith & Peter Zerfahs, Jill Meighan, Mairi Strachan, Billy Kinnear, Rachel Fermi, Anna Low, Margaret Moore, Kirsteen Smith, Jean Urquhart, Polly Chapman, Lucy Woodley, Kaye Christie and others.

CiRCUS ARTSPACE is the trading name of 

Creative Inverness Limited - a non profit making organisation.  Registered in Scotland, company number SC496380.