Young People’s Public Speaking Competition Focuses on Art and Architecture

Published on October 4th, 2016

Dates have been announced for the spring 2017 heats of ARTiculation, the national public speaking competition run by the Roche Court Educational Trust which invites sixth form students to give a short presentation on a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Partner galleries, museums and arts venues in nine regions across the country will host a series of heats prior to the final, to be adjudicated by Royal Academy of Arts Artistic Director Tim Marlow and which will take place in March at the University of Cambridge. Folkestone’s Quarterhouse will host a heat on Tuesday 7 February.

The ARTiculation initiative aims to stimulate students’ interest in and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills. To aid this process, ARTiculation workshops are taking place during the autumn at various places across the country, including Manchester, Coventry, Bristol, Canterbury and new venues Windsor Castle and the Baltic. Led by art experts, workshops encourage students to think independently, ask informed questions and analyse information. The picture here, taken during the recent workshop in Folkestone, shows students from Folkestone Academy and The Folkestone School for Girls considering Sarah Staton’s “Steve”, a commission for the 2014 Folkestone Triennial.

In tandem with the workshops, participating schools hold internal school heats from November to early January to select a student who will represent their school at the Regional Heat. In the London area, there are also qualifying heats, or “quarter finals”, to choose who will progress to the London Regional Heat held at the National Gallery.

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has committed a total of £260,000 to the programme to help cover the costs of its development.

Further information is available at ARTiculation