Published on May 8, 2013 | by Naz K Rasmussen

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Artistic youths take over Tate vaults

Tate Modern’s newly opened subterranean vaults recently staged Hyperlink festival, the first of eight national events aimed at engaging youth with the arts.

The Tate’s Young People’s Programme (YPP) and Tate Collective London, a group of creatives aged 15-25, curated and launched the free event.

The Collective chose six different artists from the disciplines of music, design, illustration and graphic art to lead workshops.

There was work on show by Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama, an acoustic set from singer/songwriter Sebastian Blake and poetry slam from George the Poet.

Behind the events is a new national arts programme, Circuit, which will be collaborating with six art organisations across the UK to give young adults the chance to curate and design the events at participating galleries.

Mark Miller, the brains behind Hyperlink and convener of YPP, said: “Hyperlink has been an excellent example of how young people can unite their ideas to shape the different ways in which we engage with wider social, political and economic experiences.”

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation rolled out an unprecedented £5 million award to support Circuit. The programme will focus on partnerships with charities and social services to reach those who have limited access to the arts.

Mr Miller said: “I’ve seen the ideas come to fruition and we’ve been able to gauge a wide range of audiences who aren’t [normally] interested in visual arts, by adding this new dimension to our work.”

Hyperlink had an estimated turnout of 10,000 visitors over the weekend of April 26-28.

The second event will be held in Liverpool later this year.

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