Tai Kwun Conversations

Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth

Date & Time

12 Oct 2022 1930 – 2100


JC Cube


Exclusive to Tai Kwun Fans, Free of charge


The upcoming edition of Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth features Rachel Noël, Head of Programme and Partnerships at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, who will be talking about the impact of art on youths and exploring the role that art institutions can play in fostering positive change in young people. Of interest not only to educators, curators, social worker, parents and young people, this event will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about the intersection of art, learning, and the personal development of young people.

In particular, Rachel will be introducing the programming available for young audiences at Tate, as well as the learning and research findings from Circuit, a programme that connects young people and galleries with the objective of sparking positive change. Led by Tate and funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Circuit connected ten institutions across England and Wales with youth organisations, creating opportunities for a more diverse range of 15- to 25-year-olds to engage with art. Having built on Tate’s long-term work with young people and endeavouring to reach out to those who might not usually connect with art institutions, over a four-year period Circuit has engaged more than 175,000 individuals through events and projects, demonstrating that art can have a significant impact in building young people’s confidence and practical skills, as well as their social and personal development.

Rachel Noël will also share her experiences as Convenor of Young People’s Programmes at Tate, discussing the institution's groundbreaking work with young audiences. This work includes programmes such as Late at Tate Britain, a large-scale interdisciplinary programme curated by young people, and Tate Collective, a youth membership programme that provides affordable access to Tate for those aged 16 to 25.

Tai Kwun Conversations: Connecting Youth will have Rachel Noël sharing virtually with audiences who will be on site in JC Cube; moderated by Veronica Wong, Education and Public Programmes Curator from Tai Kwun Contemporary, this Tai Kwun Conversations also includes a Q&A session at the end.

Tai Kwun Conversations is a monthly event that brings together brilliant minds from the fields of contemporary art, architecture, heritage, among many others. Join us to discover new artistic exchange and outstanding practices in heritage conservation.

This event will be conducted in English, with English to Cantonese simultaneous interpretation.

The event will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.

* Key visual photo: Stillness Rehearsal, Young People’s Programmes & Public Programmes, Tate Britain 2020, photo ©Tate (Oliver Cowling)

Artist Bio

Rachel Noël

Rachel Noël, Head of Programme and Partnerships at Tate Britain and Tate Modern, is an experienced curator and emerging cultural leader building creative communities with and for young people, emerging artists and cultural producers through art, ideas, public programming and strategy.

Previously Convenor of Young People's Programmes at Tate, she has developed strategies and programmes that welcome and support all young people in navigating the world around them through art, culture, and ideas. In addition to facilitating a range of creative learning experiences, events, and opportunities for young people, she co-leads Tate Collective, Tate’s youth arts membership scheme at approximate 140,000 members. Her practice is guided by equity, liberation, and social justice.

Her Tate programming highlights include celebrating the cultural production of queer womxn of colour with BBZ and Tate Exchange (2017); producing a radio show on the roof of the British Pavilion in Venice with Tate Collective producers, Touching Bass and Abondance Matanda (2018); commissioning young and emerging artists to create new outdoor artworks for LDN WMN (2018) and Beyond Boundaries (2021); devising and implementing (un)common space, an experimental co-working space and artist development programme at Tate Britain (2018); and piloting a Tate-wide mentoring programme for young people with Creative Society (2021).