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 young people's event

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.

Circuit is a high visibility programme designed as a catalyst for change. The core values and aims underpin all strategy, planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation. They were developed in collaboration with the partner galleries, led by the Circuit National Evaluation Team.

Circuit Core Values

  • Making a positive difference
  • Young people’s ownership, agency and authenticity
  • Social, cultural and creative diversity

Circuit Core Aims

  • 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
Circuit project

On behalf of firstsite I would like to express how delighted we are to be involved in Circuit, which will offer a host of amazing creative and educational opportunities for and by young people in Colchester over the next four years.
Judith Merritt – Head of Learning for firstsite,Colchester

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

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

Offering young people the opportunity to develop their own creativity will make a vital contribution to the cultural health and wealth of Manchester.
Maria Balshaw – Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

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

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