Press Release

Circuit: Hyperlink, Tate Modern

Free festival of art, music and fashion at Tate Modern

Hyperlink young people event at Tate Modern April 2013

Circuit: Hyperlink, Tate Modern

Tate Modern
26–28 April 2013

Hyperlink is a major festival for young people at Tate Modern, Hyperlink will take place in The Tanks and Turbine Hall at Tate Modern on 26–28 April. Hyperlink is a three day festival of installations, performances and workshops by visual artists, designers, gastronomists and musicians developed and produced by and for young people.

Hyperlink is the first of eight festivals around the country happening as part of CircuitHyperlink has been curated by Tate Collective London, a group of young creatives aged 15–25 years, who produce dynamic programme for young audiences across Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Hyperlink will feature exciting performances by critically acclaimed musicians such as Akala, George the Poet, Sway and Angel. In addition to live music, there will be artist-run workshops, installations and interactive artworks; one installation will see the Turbine Hall transformed with a cascading flotilla of handmade boats. Visitors can pop by for five minutes, stay for a few hours or for both days, and there will be special artist talks, food stalls and more.

Highlights include

  • George the Poet, the hottest name in spoken word, will stage a performance in the Turbine Hall.
  • Performances by rapper Sway, and singer Angel.
  • MOBO award winning artist, Akala, will perform a sneak preview of tracks from new album The Thieves Banquet alongside an installation of his new album artwork by Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama. Akala and Tokio Aoyama will also present an artist talk. 
  • Fashion photographer Rankin will run a small number of workshops for participants to experience what it’s like to be on the set of a photo-shoot.
  • It’s Nice That will present zine-making workshops across the weekend with No Zine and Zineswap where participants can create and contribute to a zine to take home.
  • Stooki x Stooki Sound will bring Trap music to The Tanks and their bass and minimalist sound will reverberate around the space with synchronised visuals.
  • Raw Material will present a fusion of live art, electronic sound, song, spoken word and visual art. Performers include Monster Playground, Celloman, FLOetic Lara, Tagz, Potent Whisper & visual artist Barka.

Hyperlink is the first in a series of national festivals being developed as part of Circuit, a new national youth network for the visual arts. Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Circuit aims to reach 80,000 young people aged 15–25 over four years, through festivals, sustained partnership work and artist-led projects. The programme provides opportunities for young people across theUK, particularly those who have the least access to the arts, to participate and shape their own cultural experiences. Alongside Tate are five national partners: firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno North Wales; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre and 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).

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Editor notes

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 theUK through three programmes – the Arts, Education and Learning, and Social Justice – and a programme of support for NGOs inIndia.

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 withinColchesterover 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 inNottingham. 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 aroundNottingham. It’s great news for young people inNottinghamlooking 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 inCambridge, 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