About Circuit

Launched in December 2013, Circuit is a national youth network for the visual arts, led by Tate and funded by £5m given as part of our 25th anniversary gift series.

The network spans eight locations around the UK, providing opportunities for young people to steer their own learning and cultural activity across art disciplines.

The programme’s ethos is about:

  • Making a positive difference
  • Allowing young people to develop ownership, agency and authenticity in their work
  • Promoting social, cultural and creative diversity

The eight locations are: Cambridgeshire (Wysing Arts Centre and Kettle’s Yard), Colchester (firstsite), Liverpool (Tate Liverpool), Llandudno (MOSTYN), London (Tate Britain and Tate Modern), Manchester (Whitworth Art Gallery), Nottingham (Nottingham Contemporary) and St Ives (Tate St Ives).

Designed with and for young people, Circuit aims to reach 80,000 young people aged 15-25 over its four-year duration, particularly those who have the least access to the arts, so that they can shape their own cultural experiences. This is being achieved through building sustainable partnerships between the arts and youth sector, and so changing practice within and across cultural organisations. We also hope to improve attitudes and behaviours towards and about young people.

Circuit has four main delivery strands in each gallery:

  • Festival – a large scale event to attract a wide and diverse new audience
  • Partnerships – with colleagues in the youth sector to support those with least access to the arts
  • Peer-led  – artistic programme delivered by and for young people
  • Digital – creating new work and sharing our learning