The Critics’ Circle
Protecting and promoting cultural criticism since 1913
The Critics’ Circle believes impartial, professional criticism of the arts is an essential ingredient of a healthy society. The Circle today has 503 members shared between Theatre (117), Music (91), Film (151), Dance (57), Visual Arts (47) and Books (40). Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.
Each year since 1988, the Circle has presented the Rosebowl for Distinguished Service to the Arts to an artist of conspicuous achievement. In 2019 the members voted for David Hockney and in 2020 for Dame Janet Baker.
The sections make their own awards in ceremonies which are significant social occasions, and hold periodic meetings and lunches to discuss their awards, propose new members, debate current issues and meet artists.
President: Robert Thicknesse
Vice-President: Alex Leith
Hon. General Secretary: Rick Jones email@example.com
Hon. Treasurer: Peter Cargin
Trustees: Ian Herbert, Michael Billington, Peter Cargin
News & reviews
In this post we round up the articles, writing and speaking engagements by members of the visual arts and architecture section of The Critics’ Circle in Octoberread more
Robert Thicknesse, President of the Critics' Circle, went to Berlin to present Daniel Barenboim KBE with the Circle's 2022 annual award "For Distinguished Service to the Arts". The presentation took place before a concert at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, where students...read more
By Peter Clossick & Corinna Lotz The Canadian-American-Jewish artist’s development is marked by a feeling of restless change, with the ability to reinvent himself, whilst absorbing a wide range of interests, all with a distinct political edge and sense of...read more
In this post we roundup the articles and other writing published by members of the visual arts section of The Critic’s Circle in September.read more
Highlights and winners from the Critics’ Circle visual arts awards 2023 – the Oscars of the British Art Worldread more