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.



CiRCUS is a collective or 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 all based in Inverness and work across many different disciplines including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, performance and participatory work. 


The current committee are: Cat Meighan, Nicola Gear, Lorna Campbell, Kirsten Body, Shaun Fraser, Sadie Stoddart, Holly Osborne & Richard Bracken

Graduate Intern: Sophie Brown

Past Interns/Circus Sideshow: Isabel McLeish, Hester Grant, Jack Kay, Holly Osborne & Sadie Stoddart 

Past committee member: Suzie Eggins 

Where does the name come from?

We wanted a name that linked to our location; our collective currently meet in the 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 it’s origins linked to strong foreign trade. These surprising animals link into our imagining of Inverness’ future as a circus of vibrant and unexpected possibilities!


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

Space supported by Wasps Studios as part of the Arts Enterprise Programme at Inverness Creative Academy.


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

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 and Kaye Christie

CiRCUS ARTSPACE is the trading name of 

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

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