Young People Develop Public Speaking Skills

Published on December 20th, 2017

ARTiculation, the national public speaking competition which encourages young people to look at, think and speak about art, attracts over a thousand entrants in England every year. The organisers have announced that the event will return to Kent in early 2018, with one of the Regional Finals again taking place at Folkestone Quarterhouse on Wednesday 31 January. Other Regional Finals are held in Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Bath, London, Oxford and at the home of the competition, the New Art Centre near Salisbury.

At the Regional Final, eight students aged between 16 and 19 will each make a ten-minute presentation about a work of art, architecture or an artefact of their choice in front of an audience and an adjudicator. Artist Adam Chodzko will adjudicate the Regional Final in Folkestone, and will select one student to proceed to the Grand Final at Clare College, University of Cambridge, on 9 March.

Schools taking part at Quarterhouse are Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School, Ursuline College, The Skinners’ School, St. Olave’s Grammar School, Eastbourne College, Caterham School, Guildford High School and The King’s School Canterbury. The artist Adam Chodzko (pictured) will adjudicate this Regional Final and will select one student to go through to the Grand Final at Clare College, University of Cambridge on 9 March, 2018.
Audience members are welcome to register for a place at Folkestone Quarterhouse – the event starts at 2pm and ends at 4.30. Those interested in attending should email ARTiculation@sculpture.uk.com to register for a place.

ARTiculation has reached over 15,000 young people since it was established 11 years ago by Lucy Salisbury and Madeleine Bessborough at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, as a tribute to the art historian Kenneth Clark. It promotes the appreciation and discussion of art and aims to help young people build their confidence through developing public speaking skills. The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has supported ARTiculation since 2013, helping to facilitate the event’s growth across the country.