We spent 2013 finding out about:
- What young people think and connect to
- Who and what’s out there in Manchester and how best we can work together
- The impact young people can have on the whole of our organisation
We have worked with a group of young people and staff to help steer and shape our practice. In Summer 2013 we also commissioned youth arts consultant Paul Mayers to deliver a series of workshops to produce a baseline report and a snapshot of current thinking as a short film with the voice and opinions of the young people captured through a poem.
Staff and young people workshops, Summer 2013
We are working to address the key issues and recommended ideas including developing a range of digital and social media platforms that engage younger audiences to give voice and showcase talent.
Whitworth Young Contemporaries is also being established to support young / early career artists and create further opportunities for young people who may not otherwise have the chance to be involved.
The Circuit Baseline film captures a snapshot of our thinking and is a process that we intend to repeat at regular intervals during the 5 years of Circuit.