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  • Four young adults jumping in the street as part of Circuit
    Circuit, Linder 2014
  • BridA, Circuit 2013
    BridA, Circuit 2013
  • Late at Tate St Ives
    Dan Flavin light installation at Tate St Ives, part of the exhibition Images Moving Out Onto Space
  • TSI Collectives young@tate Far out and Further Away
    young@tate Far out and Further Away
  • Tate St Ives Collective project Linder 2014
    Linder project, March 2014
  • Young@Tate
  • Young@Tate November 2014
  • Tate St Ives Collective young@tate Postcards from the Edge
    young@tate Postcards from the Edge
  • Tate St Ives Collective young@tate
    young@tate event
  • Tate St Ives Collective events for young people
    Tate St Ives Collective taking part in a workshop with the artist Linder
  • Tate Collective at Young@Tate
    Tate Collective members at a Young@Tate day.

    © Ian Kingsnorth

Circuit at Tate St Ives 

Come and Create

We’re a community of young people in Cornwall exploring different ways of experiencing and creating art. Join in to:

  • Gain the confidence to realise your creative dreams and develop artistic talent that you didn’t known you had in you.
  • Connect with our creative community both locally and nationally.
  • Explore the possibility of a career in the arts and be equipped with the experience and skills to make it happen – plus get the chance to make an impact at the heart of Tate St Ives.
  • Amplify what you’re discovering in creative subjects at school, college or university by connecting with loads of different artists and projects.
  • Express yourself and gain leadership experience dreaming up and running events including our 2016 Circuit festival.

Anyone aged 15–25 is welcome (you don’t need any particular skills or experience) and all events are free. If you’ve got a question, we’d love to hear it – contact circuitstives@tate.org.uk.

Get involved

The Circuit Magic Bus Tour

Selected Saturdays October – December 2015 departing from St Ives and Penzance

Hop aboard the Circuit bus for a magical tour of west Cornwall’s most exciting galleries, studios and cultural destinations. Gain unique insight into the work of these creative institutions, learn how they connect with artists, and find out what it means for you. This project is a collaboration between Tate St Ives and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.  

Circuit at Tate St Ives Festival, 2016

Next year, Tate St Ives will play host to a festival for young people from the town (and beyond). But we need you to make it happen – this will be a festival dreamt up by and put on for young people. Explore and celebrate art, music, film…there’s loads of possibilities for creating something incredible.

Email circuitstives@tate.org.uk to tell us you’re interested, and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know about all things festival-creation-related.

What’s been happening?


Four times a year Tate St Ives flings open the doors with free entry for 15–25 year olds, plus activities, performances and happenings devised by young people, for young people. From surreal tours exploring The Modern Lens exhibition during our #TateFiction themed day back in March, to performances created by Circuit young people and artist Sara Wookey at RE-A-LINE in June, these days are a way to enjoy the gallery in a relaxed and informal way, take part in artist-led workshops, and as well as get a taste of our Circuit programme at Tate St Ives.

Hear about Young@Tate from the point of view of Tate Collective member, Felix.

Artist-led projects and workshops

Circuit gets young people together with a huge array of artists to exchange ideas, learn new skills, and produce innovative work. In our Digital Abstract partnership project with Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, participants collaborated with artists David Blandy and Oliver Raymond-Barker to create unique works of digital art. From January to March 2015, Circuit participants collaborated with internationally renowned artist and choreographer Sara Wookey, culminating in a unique performance in the gallery. In our three day workshop with artist Linder Sterling in February 2014, we got together with Wigan Young Souls to create ‘The New Crypt Group’. In Beyond The Edge we explored St Ives and internationalism with Maria Christofordou, and in our work with Slovenian group BridA we created one of their ‘Modux paintings’, a reflection of a specific place at a specific time, using data collected onsite such as geographic coordinates, wind speed, blood pressure and heartbeats.

Pop-Up Tate Penzance

For two weeks in February 2015, Circuit Tate St Ives worked with artists Emma Saffy Wilson and Jonty Lees to create an open studio space for people aged 15–25. We took over an empty tea room in the centre of Penzance and invited young people in to express their creativity, relax and explore art. 

Circuit is a national programme connecting 15–25 year olds to the arts in galleries and museums, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.