Following Tate Liverpool’s lead delivering informal learning programmes aimed specifically at young people in 1994, peer-led practice was established in Tate Modern in 2000 and Tate Britain a year later. The vision for Circuit grew from this, including the four programme strands that each Circuit gallery delivers – peer-led events produced by young people for young people throughout the year, one large-scale festival during the four years, sustainable partnerships with the youth sector and creation of new digital work and archives. Core to this practice is to enable young people to construct, steer and deliver programmes for other young people, originating from their own understanding of culture in response to the Tate Collection and exhibitions. This model of peer-led programming has also been adopted by each of the Circuit galleries.
Enabling young people to construct, steer and deliver programmes for other young people.
Circuit funds two members of staff to produce activity across both sites, working closely with the rest of the team and Tate Collective London; a group of young people who meet regularly to plan and develop peer-led events for other young people to create, experiment and engage with art.
Circuit aims to increase opportunities for young people at Tate, including gaining news skills in event production, curation and digital production for Tate Collective, tours of the Tate collection devised by and for young people, diversifying audiences through the Late at Tate series, as well as increasing access and creating entry points for young people considered to have the least access to the arts through partnership projects with local youth groups. Circuit has also enabled more opportunities to connect or feed into Governance at Tate.
I know it has informed and encouraged my own personal college and career choices.
“When I was 15 I attended a Young People’s summer workshop at Tate Modern and was so enthused I decided to enroll as a member of Tate Collective there and then. I’m now 23, and during my time with Tate Collective so far, I’ve graduated with an Art History degree and worked actively within the arts. Being a member of this inspiring and enriching programme has been invaluable and I know it has informed and encouraged my own personal college and career choices. I’ve learnt important skills such as generating and communicating ideas, working effectively in a team, programming events and delivering workshops. It’s exciting to work within a team who all value the importance of breaking down barriers for young people and empowering young people’s voices.”