Circuit Whitworth Art Gallery

CIRCUIT-flyer-11b[1]Circuit is a new national project led by Tate transforming how young people 15-25 interact with and think about art galleries!

Whitworth Art Gallery asked me to project manage the first stage and digital strand of this journey, to creatively consult Mancunian young people through the question ‘How do you connect with art?’. We worked with 8 different youth groups in Manchester, some who were and some who weren’t already engaged in the arts

Each workshop included an arts activity that they may not have tried before,  highlighted ways they could get involved with Circuit and consultation activities to find out…

  • What are the young people in to right now – culturally or social
  • How they communicate and share tastes + information
  • What their ambitions and hopes for the future are
  • What they thought about art galleries

Circuit Manchester Film

We created a film that responded to this question that gave us a picture of young peoples views in the city.

Circuit Blog

I documented the project through a dedicated blog that had a post for each youth group we worked with. The blog contains short videos and images of the sessions and outlines the key findings and opinions from each group. click on the link here…








Workshops and approaches

I was keen to offer a wide range of artistics mediums, we delivered session in

  • screenprinting at the skatepark
  • musical theatre + visual art connections
  • beatboxing and soundscapes
  • wire sculpture
  • photomontage
  • photography and fashion
  • cyanatype photography

Human Bar Chart










This is the very start of a four year project that will culminate in a youth festival right here in Manchester. Its going to be interesting!

is one of eight participating galleries, setting out on a journey to engage young people to arts and galleries by offering a programme of exciting arts opportunities,  talent & creative skills development, links to artists and industry and leadership opportunities.

Vicky Clarke

Circuit Digital Strand Project Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery

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