About Circuit

CIRCUIT-flyer 'How do u'Circuit is a four year national programme connecting 15–25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums working in partnership with the youth and cultural sector. Led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, it provides opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and create cultural activity across art disciplines. Circuit involves Tate Modern and Tate Britain; Tate Liverpool; Tate St Ives and partners from the Plus Tate network: firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridgeshire.

Whether as a participant or visitor to the gallery or by joining our new young leaders group Whitworth Young Contemporaries who will help shape our youth programme, Circuit seeks to engage young people that may never have even considered art before, through embracing new technologies and platforms and demonstrating the breadth and thrill of the arts in a contemporary and crucially relevant way.

This project is all about finding out how Manchester young people connect with art. It’s really important that we listen to the young people respectfully and act on their opinions so they see that their ideas have impact.

Each workshop included an arts activity that they may not have tried before,  highlighted ways they could get involved with Circuit and consultation activities to find out…

  • What are the young people in to right now – culturally or social interests
  • How they communicate with each other and share tastes + information
  • What their ambitions and hope for the future are
  • What they thought about art galleries

This is the very start of a four year project that will culminate in a youth festival right here in Manchester. Its going to be interesting!

Vicky Clarke

Whitworth Young Contemporaries Project Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery

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