Integration, Collaboration, Peer-led?

Central to the Circuit programme is peer-led practice – in short, young people designing and delivering cultural learning opportunities for other young people aged 15-25.

Young people present Source display to peers

Photo ©Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole

Since we launched Circuit in April 2013, we have explored what this means in theory and reality, taking inspiration from both Tate’s learning programme and beyond; from looking at the origins of the term in mental health to whether a group of people with common interests self-identifies or is labeled a peer-group.

In July, in order to share our learning more widely, especially with the Plus Tate partners, we held a seminar that looked at the scale such work covers in gallery and museum education practice, from basic consultation to integrated collaboration and asked where can and should peer-led fit?

Are parameters useful and if so, who should make them in peer-led practice?

Central to this was Source, Tate Britain’s first exhibition in the main gallery, curated by and for young people. We heard from members of Tate Collective London and staff across learning, digital and marketing departments who together had conceived and delivered not only the exhibition, but also a six-month series of connected events. You can learn more about what we discussed and share any thoughts you have via the comments below.

Find out more about Source here.