Tate announced today a £5m national arts programme for under 25s funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which will be rolled out across the country through selected galleries in the Plus Tate network. Circuit will be launched in April 2013 with a young people’s festival in the Tanks at Tate Modern. 

This is the latest in a series of awards made by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation which has given a total of £200 million in grants since its creation 25 years ago. It is one of a series of unique gifts to mark the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary which also includes the recently announced donation to the Roundhouse Studios in Camden.

Circuit aims to reach 80,000 young people aged 15–25 over four years. The programme provides opportunities for young people across the UK, particularly those who have the leastaccess to the arts, to participate and shape their own cultural experiences.

Six lead organisations are involved in Circuit. Alongside Tate are five national partners selected from the Plus Tate network: firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno North Wales; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitworthm Art Gallery, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard, Cambridgeshire. All four Tate galleries will be involved: Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St Ives (working closely with Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange).

Circuit: A National Youth Network for the Visual Arts will comprise a number of strands: a live arts festival, peer-led projects which will be developed and delivered by young people in each area; artist-led projects; and an extended reach with its youth sector. There will also be an online platform which will allow connection across sites, through digital projects that present and capture the circuit of activities. These projects will encourage participation, develop excellence and build confidence in young people from a wide range of social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said: ‘Cultural organisations play a vital role in encouraging young people to use their imaginations and to express themselves. We can achieve much more working collectively than we can in isolation. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has made an extraordinary gesture by giving £5M to support this national network of galleries and young people. Circuit will spark a long-term transformation in the way young people engage with art.’

Jane Hamlyn, Chair of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said: ‘As part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s 25th anniversary, we are making some significant gifts to organisations we know well, and that we know are able to deliver impact through the work that they do. We are delighted to be supporting Circuit, as a national youth initiative, working through a group of fantastic organisations including Tate, with high ambitions for reaching and opening up the arts to so many young people in the UK.’

Notes to Editor

firstsite, Colchester

On behalf of firstsite I would like to express how delighted we are to be involved with the Circuit project, which will offer a host of amazing creative and educational opportunities for and by young people within Colchester over the next four years. Through this collaboration with other major organisations like Tate and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, firstsite is continuing to reach out and engage with even broader audiences, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact that young people’s arts will demonstrate over the coming years.

Judith Merritt, Head of Learning for firstsite, Colchester

Nottingham Contemporary

We’re thrilled to be a participant of Circuit. It will allow us to significantly develop and scale up our acclaimed work with young people in Nottingham. Young people will benefit from in-depth and life-changing experiences with contemporary art from the heart of our organisation, and through their work we will engage thousands of their peers in and around Nottingham. It’s great news for young people in Nottingham looking to develop their own creative skills, and we’re delighted to be a focal point of this ambitious nationwide project.

Alex Farquharson, Director, Nottingham Contemporary

MOSTYN, Llandudno

I’m really excited about the prospect of bringing young people closer to the possibilities of contemporary art. Our goal is to open up many debates on contemporary life, and artists and art mediators are fantastic channels to do this especially with younger generations. The place of contemporary art is to help make sense of everyday life so full marks to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Tate for providing this opportunity.

Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN, Llandudno

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

The Whitworth is delighted to be part of Circuit. Offering young people the opportunity to develop their own creativity and shape a Festival of youth arts will make a vital contribution to the cultural health and wealth of Manchester. The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has made a wise and generous investment in young people’s futures.

Maria Balshaw, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard are thrilled to be part of Circuit, supporting young people in Cambridge, and in every hamlet and village surrounding the city, to take part in this extraordinary programme. We can’t wait to get started.

Donna Lynas, Wysing Arts Centre and Andrew Nairne, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

The opening festival at Tate Modern

Circuit’s opening festival at Tate Modern will be programmed over three days of events. Developed and produced by and for young people, a series of installations, performances and workshops by visual artists, designers, gastronomists and musicians will explore the idea of the ‘six degrees of separation’. Visual and audio art collaborations will be developed by Tate Collective, schools across London, emerging audio and visual artists and art collectives culminating in a mass-participation artwork with contributions from young people across the country. 

Young People’s Programme and Tate Collective

Tate delivers a wide range of opportunities for young people, aged 15 to 25, to engage with art and artists’ practices. These initiatives act as a catalyst for informal learning through collaboration, participation and production.

Tate Collective is a peer-led group which offers young people the chance to work with artists and exchange new ideas. They plan and develop projects around Tate’s displays and exhibitions, finding the most relevant methods of connecting historic, modern and contemporary art to young audiences.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation was established in 1987 by the publisher and philanthropist Paul Hamlyn (1926–2001). Today it is one of the larger independent grant-making foundations in the UK. 2012/13 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation.

The Foundation aims to maximise opportunities for individuals to experience a full quality of life, both now and in the future. In particular we are concerned with children and young people, and others who are disadvantaged. We prefer to support work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, is too risky or is unpopular. The Foundation works in the UK through three programmes – the Arts, Education and Learning, and Social Justice – and a programme of support for NGOs in India.  www.phf.org.uk

Contact

For further information contact Helen Beeckmans or Ruth Findlay in Tate Press Office on 020 7887 4941/4940 or email pressoffice@tate.org.uk or visit www.tate.org.uk