10 Years of ARTiculation

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‘ARTiculation is changing the future of British art criticism for the best’ –  Antony Gormley


This year we are delighted to be celebrating ARTicualtion’s tenth anniversary. ARTiculation has developed due to the enormous support of our donorspartners, adjudicators, alumni, schools and teachers for which we are extremely grateful.

Read on to find out how ARTiculation has grown and to hear about some of our highlights so far.


The Story

ARTiculation was established 10 years ago by Madeline Bessborough, Director of New Art Centre and Lucy Salisbury, Head of Roche Court Educational Trust  in partnership with the Head of History of Art at Winchester School, Lawrence Wolff. Originally the competition was conceived as a tribute to the Art Historian Kenneth Clark, in honour of his commitment to the study and promotion of the arts. The ARTiculation Prize has been designed to give young people a forum in which they are able to express their own ideas on art.

In 2006 several local schools were invited to Roche Court to deliver their ARTiculation presentations to an audience of their peers and an adjudicator.

Three years later ARTiculation partnered with the University of Cambridge and became a national competition. The Finals take place at Clare College, Cambridge where adjudicators have included Antony Gormley, Hannah Rothschild, Jon Snow and Edmund de Waal.

Every year we work with over 50 museums, galleries, universities and arts associations to develop ARTiculation. Around 4,000 young people a year take part in 10 regions in England, four in Scotland and four in Ireland. ARTiculation Italy was launched in partnership with the British Council in 2016.

Working closely with our partners, sponsors and universities, the ARTiculation outreach programme introduces new schools to the competition. As a result of our outreach programme, an equal balance of state maintained and independent schools take part throughout the competition and ARTiculation is recognised as a level playing field for young people to take part in.

ARTiculation is well placed to highlight Higher Education and career opportunities to students. We instigate opportunities for young people to talk to universities about the admission process, to gain work experience in arts organisations and to talk to professional about career pathways. Students use ARTicualtion to support their A-Levels, Personal Statements, C.V., EPQ Awards, Arts Awards and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

University admission tutors and exam moderators recognise ARTiculation for the rigorous research, communication and presentation skills that it represents.

ARTiculation was recognised in the national media when the competition was made the subject of the BBC’s Culture Show presented by Alistair Sooke. ARTiculation students are invited to present at History of Art conferences, teachers events and in magazines and journals because ARTiculation is recognised for representing the voice of articulate, thoughtful young people

We are continuously evolving. ARTiculation is introduced to pupils at a younger age through Discover ARTiculation, we are extending the competition to underrepresented areas to include the East Midlands, we are providing more resources and workshops to support teachers and students and we are working with partners to raise the profile of art in schools.


ARTiculation Alumni

We are proud of our ARTiculation Alumni who tell us how their participation in ARTiculation allowed them to seek new opportunities and develop their ideas about studying arts subjects. We work to find opportunities for ARTiculation students such as work experience in arts organisations, presenting their talks at conferences and developing their presentations into written articles.

If you have taken part in ARTiculation, please get in touch to join our network of young people interested, or involved, in the arts.

ARTiculation Alumni share their experience and news at conferences and with younger students. Molly Nickson from Townley Grammar won first place in 2013, said:

It was ARTiculation which helped to settle me on the track of studying History of Art at university. I’m now in my first year at Oxford, having taken a fine art foundation course. I’m enjoying my course for its broad-minded approach  and the emphasis placed on looking and describing; it’s also a subject in which your opinion is challenged at literally every turn.

Izzy Tennant from Bury St Edmunds County Upper School won first place in 2012, said:

 For me,  ARTiculation was a really important catalyst for thinking about art and politics together. The relationship, and often non-relationship, between making and theory are incredibly complicated and endlessly fascinating. For this reason I chose to study a joint honours degree in Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University as opposed to either one or the other. This is one of the best decisions I have made.

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ARTiculation Adjudicators

Adjudicators contribute their time to the initiative and provide feedback and support to ARTiculation students. Adjudicators to date have been:

David Batchelor, Artist Kate Brindley, Director, Arnolfini Pablo Bronstein, Artist
Elizabeth Brooks, Philanthropist – arts, youth and social exclusion Dr Christopher Brown, Director of the Ashmolean Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild
Lord Burlington, Founder of Lismore Castle Arts Dr Caroline Campbell, Curator of Italian Paintings, the National Gallery Kate Carreno, Assistant Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum
Nigel Carrington, Rector of University of the Arts, London Ruth Claxton, Artist Prof. Richard Clay, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham
Nathan Coley, Artist Dr Jill Cook, deputy Keeper, Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, British Museum Michael Craig-Martin, Artist & Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts, Goldsmiths
Dorothy Cross, Artist Dr Penelope Curtis, Former Director, Tate Britain Edmund de Waal OBE, Artist
Ian Dejardin, Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery Dr Stephen Deuchar, Director of The Art Fund William Feaver, Writer and Critic
Stephen Feeke, Director, New Art Centre Laura Ford, Artist Sir Christopher Frayling
Allegra Galvin, Director, Quarterhouse Sarah Glennie, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art Will Gompertz, BBC’s Arts Editor
Antony Gormley, Artist Dr Louise Govier, Former Salisbury Arts Festival Director Simon Grant, Editor, Tate Etc
Alun Graves, Senior Curator, Ceramics and Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum Sarah Griffin, Curator Graham Gussin, Artist
Dr Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director, the Whitworth and Simon Periton, artist Prof. Abigail Harrison-Moore, Head of Art History and Museum Studies, University of Leeds Michael Harrison, Director Kettle’s Yard
Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association Margot Heller, Director of the South London Gallery Paul Hobson, Director of Modern Art Oxford
The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam Prof. Deborah Howard, University of Cambridge Mahtab Hussain, Artist
Nicola Kalinsky, Director of The Barber Institute of Fine Art Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, IKON Gallery Tim Knox, Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum
Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island Tim Llewellyn OBE, Chairman of the Trustees of the Burlington Magazine Foundation Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre
Doris Lockheart,  Journalist and collector Brigitte Orasinski, Artist Dr Terry Perk, Course Leader for MA Fine Arts at UCA Canterbury
Andrew Nairne, Director Kettle’s Yard Victoria Pomeroy, Director of the Turner Contemporary Dr Robin Price, Formerly Head of French then Head of Drama at Winchester College
Joanna Pitman, Author and journalist Andrea Rose, OBE CMG, art historian and former Director of Visual Arts at the British Council. Andrea Schlieker, curator of The Folkestone Triennial 2011
Duncan Robinson CBE, Master of Magdalene College Alastair Sooke, Journalist and Writer Sarah Staton, artist and Senior Tutor in Sculpture, School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art
Jon Snow, Journalist Abraham Thomas, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum Sam Thorne, Artistic Director, Tate St. Ives
Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology Dr Caroline Vout, Reader in Classics, University of Cambridge. Simon Wallis, Director The Hepworth Wakefield
Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Foundation, Folkestone Bill Woodrow, Artist Godfrey Worsdale OBE, Director, The Henry Moore Foundation
Greville Worthington, Chairman of the Trustees of Yorkshire Sculpture Park Jonathan Watkins, Director of the IKON Gallery

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ARTiculation Donors

ARTiculation relies on support from private donations, trusts and foundations. We are extremely grateful for their support which has been instrumental in ARTiculation’s development.

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ARTiculation Partners

In 2017 ARTiculation events in England will be held in partnership with these museums and galleries

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