ARTiculation Prize celebrates 10-year anniversary

The competition, supported by the Art Fund, is designed to stimulate students’ interest in art and develop their public speaking skills.

This year the ARTiculation Prize, an annual public speaking competition on art for young people, celebrates its 10th year. The event is designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. It seeks to engage 16-to-19-year-old students, regardless of background and experience, with art and to develop their public speaking skills.

Each student is invited to deliver a 10-minute presentation about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. The winning presentation is then chosen by a panel of judges. Past adjudicators on the panel have included Jon Snow, Edmund de Waal, Hannah Rothschild, Dr. Penelope Curtis and Sir Antony Gormley who commented, ‘ARTiculation is changing the future of British art criticism for the best.’

The Art Fund has donated National Art Passes as prizes for the winners and has also funded three years' of outreach work in partnership with regional museums and galleries, in order to encourage more young people from the state sector to get involved.

Beyond the competition, the initiative has developed an extensive programme of outreach which targets non-selective, state maintained schools, and connects schools to their local galleries and experts in public speaking and critical analysis.

To mark its 10th year, ARTiculation is celebrating the achievements of young people who have gone on to have their work published in art magazines, to speak at professional conferences and gain university places.

Molly Nickson, 2013 first place winner, said: ‘I participated in ARTiculation in 2013. ARTiculation was one of the best things I did at school; I learnt as much from doing it as from a whole A-Level. It never felt like a competition, more an exchange of ideas. Never having studied or practised public speaking at school, it gave me the chance to work out by myself how best to communicate with an audience.’ Molly took a foundation course at the Royal Drawing School and is now studying History of Art at Oxford University.

Annabelle Birchenough, 2013 finalist: ‘Before my participation in the ARTiculation Prize in 2013, I had never even considered History of Art as something I could study at university - now, I am in my second year at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and really can't imagine myself doing anything else. My National Art Pass, particularly, has been amazing, enabling me to visit galleries not only in London but all over the UK… Every student interested in art should take part in ARTiculation – you just don't know where it might lead you!’

Dennis Moiseev, 2014 participant: ‘ARTiculation is, without a doubt, one of the very best opportunities for sixth form students. Participating in ARTiculation helped me develop the skills and confidence to form well-structured arguments, speak with conviction and, ultimately, pursue a career within the arts.’ Dennis is currently studying for an MA at Birkbeck University.’

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