The ARTiculation Prize is a nationally acclaimed annual event designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. The competition seeks to engage Sixth Form students, regardless of background or experience, with art and to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions. Each student is invited to deliver a ten-minute presentation to an interested audience about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Adjudicators are asked to assess each presentation as a whole, looking at content, structure, delivery and the speaker’s original approach and unique potential.
Adjudicators are asked to assess each presentation as a whole looking at:
Content: including research, methodology, creative and original thought and use of illustrations.
Structure: including cohesion, progress, theme, conclusion and timing.
Delivery: including clarity, accessibility and the speaker’s ability to engage with both the audience and the chosen artwork.
The winning participant travels to present at the Final at Clare College, University of Cambridge, on Friday 4 March.
This year Emily Wilford (U6, W) gave a fascinating cross-curricular presentation on ‘Theology through Divine Geometry’ as linked to Piero della Francesca’s The Baptism of Christ in the National Gallery, London. Emily’s talk transcended art, mathematics, geometry and theology, in order to encapsulate the cult of Humanism that prevailed in the early Quattrocento Renaissance in and around Florence.
This year’s regional heat took place at the Spike Island Art Gallery, Bristol, on Monday 18 January. The adjudicators were Helen Legg, Director of Spike Island for Contemporary Art, and former judge of the Turner Prize 2014, and Sam Thomas, Artistic Director of Tate St Ives. Both adjudicators congratulated Emily for the clarity and depth of her presentation, citing in particular, the fascinating links she forged with mathematics in connection with divine geometry. Emily made an excellent account of herself, speaking with authority and confidence, on a subject she knew well.
Photos used with permission of ARTiculation 2016, The Roche Court Educational Trust.