Circuit is built on Tate’s long-term work with young people, often in vulnerable situations. It recognises that a successful programme, one that has real impact on young people’s lives, offers: varied entry points, differing levels of support and progression, the ability to influence the arts organisation in a visible and tangible way, the role of visual art as a catalyst to expression and production across art disciplines and a co-learning environment nurtured by participating artists and gallery staff.
Circuit is designed with and for young people at each gallery, through four main delivery strands:
- Festival – a large scale event to attract a wide and diverse new audience
- Partnerships – with our colleagues in the youth sector to support those with least access to the arts
- Peer – led – artistic programme delivered by and for young people
- Digital – creating new work and sharing our learning
Research and evaluation are embedded throughout Circuit. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has provided Tate and Circuit partners with a rare chance to investigate, measure, develop and inspire ways of working through culture for the benefit of young people, over a four year period.
Working with artists, the youth sector and a diverse range of young people, we are exploring how:
- To make a positive difference with and for young people
- To improve access and opportunities for ‘harder to reach’ young people through extending and developing sustainable networks between the arts and youth sector
- To develop and change practice within and across cultural organisations
- To change attitudes and behaviours towards and about young people