Cian Smyth is a cultural programmer and producer who has advised, commissioned or made work with artists across disciplines: from film to visual arts; performing arts to digital works.

Projects, including work with Artichoke, Danny Boyle, Circa, Jeremy Deller, dreamthinkspeak, Duckie, Suzanne Lacy, John Peel Archive and Sadler’s Wells, have been commissioned through partners like London 2012, Hull UK City of Culture, The Space and 14-18 NOW. They have reached an audience of millions.

His career began as a bookseller in Ireland’s oldest bookstore, Hodges Figgis, before working at various film festivals and the UK Film Council and Northern Ireland Screen.

He founded the Maysles Brothers Documentary Competition with Albert Maysles at the Belfast Film Festival in 2005 and was a co-founder (2007) and Chair (2013 -2020) of Outburst Queer Arts Festival, working with queer artists and activists in Northern Ireland, South America and the Middle East. He is formerly a board member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (2015- 2020) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.