Folkestone Student Wins Place in National Final of Public Speaking Competition

Published on February 25th, 2015

A student at Folkestone Academy’s Glassworks Sixth Form Centre has won the South East of England Regional Heat of the ARTiculation Prize competition, held at Folkestone’s Quarterhouse on Monday 23 February. Sixteen-year-old Eleana-Jayne Davey competed with candidates from five other schools, four of them independent schools.

The ARTiculation Prize is an annual event run by the Roche Court Educational Trust, with support from a number of sponsors, including the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. The competition promotes the appreciation and discussion of art by engaging students, regardless of background or experience, aiming to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and ideas. Competitors deliver a ten minute presentation to an invited audience about a work of art, artefact or piece of architecture. Audience members included Mayor of Folkestone Cllr Alan North and Triennial Curator Lewis Biggs.

Eleana-Jayne spoke about Joseph Wright’s 1768 painting “An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump”, and included accounts of her research into and interpretation of the painting. Adjudicator Sarah Staton, one of the commissioned artists for the 2014 Folkestone Triennial and Senior Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, based her decision on content, structure and delivery of the talks. She awarded first place to Miss Davey, with Polina Usenko from The King’s School in Canterbury in second place and Izzie Stretton from Knole Academy in third. Eleana-Jayne will now represent the South East of England in the National Final of the competition in Cambridge on Saturday 7th March.