Changing the Rules of the Game

  • Nicola Sim
Part of the New Directions in Cultural Policy Research book series (NDCPR)


This chapter argues that an analysis of youth/arts partnerships must involve broader examination of the programmatic structures and conditions that partnerships are situated in. Recognising that youth organisations are sometimes relatively disempowered in partnerships with galleries, this chapter looks at the organising principles of Circuit—a national programme initiated by Tate. Circuit was designed with the ambition to redress this imbalance of power and promote relationship development between partners from the youth and art sectors. Drawing upon findings from ethnographic research with the programme over four years, this chapter illustrates why habitual behaviours are difficult to shift within the ‘temporary programmatic field’.


Partnership Circuit Tate Young people’s programmes Youth sector Galleries 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Sim
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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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