circuit longitudinal research

Pat Thomson and Becky Coles have just been awarded funding from the Tate Circuit programme.


Mostyn Gallery:Circuit Victorian extravaganza

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.

Our research focuses on fifteen to twenty young people who are involved in the Circuit programme. We will work with them to document their lives over the next two years. We hope to show the multitude of decisions these young people make about themselves, their lives and their present and future lives and the ways in which their contemporary arts engagement is implicated.

tale – new research


Tate Summer School 2015

Chris Hall and Pat Thomson have been awarded an Arts Council research grant. We are the university partners to Royal Shakespeare Company Education and Tate Learning. Our research will address the current gap in knowledge about what teachers do during and after they have been involved in high quality professional development in the performing and visual arts. We will also see how students experience and benefit (or not) from their teacher’s enhanced pedagogic content knowledge.

This is a longitudinal study, currently three years in duration. We will follow young people at three year levels – GSCE, and the two years of A levels – as they make decisions about subject choices and careers. We will work with thirty schools and sixty teachers – and a lot of young people!

We are currently setting this project up, choosing schools to contact, employing a researcher, getting ethical approvals sorted. The project has its own website and blog which can be found here.