Circuit Evaluation

Learning and findings from Circuit: a programme that examined how galleries can support positive change for young people

An discussion taking place at Late at Tate Britain, 2017

Late at Tate Britain, photography © Tate, 2017 Dan Weill Photography

A girl wears a mask and holds a sign

We Have Your Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool photography © Tate, 2015 Roger Sinek

A person skateboards beside artwork

The Plaza, MOSTYN, photography © MOSTYN, 2016, Luke Kirkbride

Circuit was an action research project, in which ten galleries across England and Wales worked in partnership with youth organisations to create opportunities for a more diverse range of 15-25 year olds to engage with art. Over four-years, the programme led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation engaged over 175,000 through events and projects.

Research and evaluation were embedded in Circuit. Gallery staff, young people, artists and partners were supported to reflect on their experiences using an evaluation framework, to analyse what they found, and crucially to change their programme in response. The process aimed to build skills, whilst enabling ownership of each gallery’s successes and challenges.

A participant shows viewers text written on her back

Tate St Ives, 2014 Photography © Tate 2014 Ian Kingsnorth

A colourful installation at Firstsite

Phantom, Firstsite, 2015 Photography © Firstsite 2015 Ed the Light Monkey

The report Test, Risk, Change brings together learning and findings from the programme. Circuit examined the ways that galleries can support positive change for young people, but it also exposed the barriers that might prevent this. Based upon three key themes, this report outlines these challenges, and suggests ideas and solutions to overcome them. In addition, throughout Circuit specialists carried out research to collect and analyse data, review programme processes and examine important themes that were emerging.

Circuit Report: Test, Risk, Change

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