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 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.

The project is built on Tate’s long-term work with young people, often in vulnerable situations. It recognises that a successful programme, one that has real impact on young people’s lives, offers: varied entry points, differing levels of support and progression, the ability to influence the arts organisation in a visible and tangible way, the role of visual art as a catalyst to expression and production across art disciplines and a co-learning environment nurtured by participating artists and gallery staff.

Circuit is designed with and for young people at each gallery, through four main delivery strands:

  • Festival – a large scale event to attract a wide and diverse new audience
  • Partnerships – with our 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



Illustration Joff Winterhart

Orquestra Geração

Supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the Orquestra Geração/Generation Orchestra is an educational project that demonstrates how music can be used to advance social inclusion. It was inspired by the methodology created in 1973 by Dr. José Antonio Abreu in Venezuela and used by the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. The Generation Orchestra is a case in point for the part music can play in fostering social inclusion . Established in 2007, it is one of a group of actions carried out in Casal da Boba (Amadora) as part of the Generation Project.

The Generation Orchestra is mostly made up of 10 to 13 year-old pupils who learn to express themselves through music. As part of the orchestra, pupils are given the opportunity to develop the  self-confidence and knowledge needed for growth, this encompasses a balance and hope that aims to further childrens’ ability to move away from exclusion and marginality. The Orquestra Geração involved 16 schools in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon and Coimbra. It integrated and funded 800 students in orchestral practice and educational success and created new opportunities for children and young people from areas with less access to arts education.

The project has been accompanied and monitored by independent institutions, as well as the educational management of the School of Music Conservatory, and has relied on municipal and private support. The method of using music for social inclusion is now considered to be one of the 50 best social practices of the European Union.