TitleThe Critics' Circle Archive
DescriptionArchive of The Critics' Circle, including membership information, annual dinners and awards, AGMs, correspondence and printed material produced by the organisation.
Date1913 - 2000s
AdminHistoryThe Critics’ Circle has existed since 1913 to protect cultural criticism from the censor and the despot. It was at first an offshoot of the Institute of Journalists on Fleet Street and has aways had the critics of the daily national papers as the core of its membership. The Critics’ Circle believes impartial, professional criticism of the arts is an essential ingredient of a healthy society. The Circle today has 490 members shared between Theatre, Music, Film, Dance, Visual Arts and Books. Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the Council.

Since 1988 the Circle has presented each year the Service to Art Rosebowl to an artist of conspicuous achievement. 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.

Admission to the Circle is by invitation from the 28-member Council. The rule book states: "Invitations are issued to persons engaged professionally, regularly and substantially for at least two years in the writing or broadcasting (television, radio and internet) of criticism of drama, music, film, dance, visual arts and literature or who write or broadcast informed analytical features or programmes."
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