Circuit at The Whitworth

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Circuit was a four year national programme (2013-17) for 15–25 year olds, led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, tasked with establishing ways for young people to work within organisations as producers of cross-art-form cultural activity that resonates with their wider social and cultural experiences.

Belle Vue’s principle role in the Whitworth’s Circuit programme was to employ film-making as an engagement and evaluation methodology, to capture research processes, to develop fresh insights and to communicate research outcomes in a different way and with a more than a professional or academic audience in mind. Our film-based evaluation was used as part of Circuit’s final reporting.

As part of this project we co-produced three “journey” films following young people who had not previously been involved (or aware) of The Whitworth as they were introduced to the youth group. To do this we trained a group of young people in filmmaking techniques, helped them to identify participants, to ask questions about their current cultural life and aspirations, and to film their introduction to a youth-led event at the Whitworth.

Outcomes: 18 short films of between 2 and 10 minutes

Scope of Professional Services: observational filmmaking, interviews, editing, consultancy, research, training in documentary filmmaking, engagement activities, evaluation.

Who: The Whitworth funded/supported by Tate Plus and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation