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Tate Liverpool £5 million project to engage young people in the arts

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota said the 2011 summer riots were a "catalyst" for the project Photo: PA Images

A £5 million initiative involving Tate Liverpool and other organisations has been announced to get young people involved in the arts, sparked by last year's riots.

The nationwide under-25s project, Circuit, will be funded by the grant-making Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota said the 2011 summer riots were a "catalyst" for the project, which will launch next year involving galleries around Britain.

"Riots in London, Nottingham and elsewhere across the country made us very conscious that institutions, such as the ones represented on the programme, are in a very good position to offer young people opportunities that they both need in their lives and can help them develop those lives in a meaningful way," he said.

But he added: "We still have a very long way to go in terms of the provision of the arts in this country, particularly to certain kinds of communities."

Organisations involved include Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, firstsite, Colchester; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Nottingham Contemporary; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; and Wysing Arts Centre with Kettle's Yard, Cambridgeshire