This short film follows the ARTiculation Regional Heat in the West Midlands through to the Final at Clare College, Cambridge in 2017.

Our publication, which can be downloaded here, tells the story of ARTiculation over the past 11 years.

The continuing success and expansion is due to the ongoing support of funderspartners, adjudicators, schools, teachers and alumni, for which we are extremely grateful.


 The Story

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

ARTiculation was established 11 years ago by Madeleine 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 College, Laurence 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 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 on.

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 professionals 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. 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 alumni such as work experience in arts organisations, presenting their talks at conferences and developing their presentations into written articles.

In December 2016 we launched the ARTiculation Alumni Network at an event in London. It was a fantastic evening where alumni from the past 10 years of ARTiculation gathered. The ARTiculation blog is a place for alumni to share their experiences, their practice, ideas and opinions.

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

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


David Batchelor, Artist (2015) Sir Christopher Frayling, Educationalist & Writer (2011) Mariele Neudecker, Artist (2017)
Alison Bevan, Director, RWA (2017) Allegra Galvin, Director, Quarterhouse (2016) Brigitte Orasinski, Artist (2012)
Dr Stacy Boldrick, Programme Director MA in Art & Museum Studies, University of Leicester (2017) Sarah Glennie, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016) Simon Periton, Artist (2016)
Kate Brindley, Director, Arnolfini (2015) Will Gompertz, BBC’s Arts Editor (2016) Dr Terry Perk, Course Leader MA Fine Arts, UCA Canterbury (2014)
Pablo Bronstein, Artist (2016) Antony Gormley, Artist (2010) Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary (2013)
Elizabeth Brooks, Philanthropist – arts, youth & social exclusion (2016) Dr Louise Govier, Clore Fellow (2010) Dr Robin Price, Formerly Head of French then Head of Drama at Winchester College (2014)
Rory Brooks CBE, Philanthropist (2017) Simon Grant, Editor, Tate Etc (2015) Joanna Pitman, Author and Journalist (2016)
Dr Christopher Brown, Director, Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology (2011) Alun Graves, Senior Curator, Ceramics & Glass, Victoria & Albert Museum (2016) Dr Janina Ramirez, Oxford Lecturer, Broadcaster, Writer (2017)
Katrina Brown, Director, The Common Guild (2016) Sarah Griffin, Curator (2012) Andrea Rose, OBE CMG, Art Historian and former Director of Visual Arts at the British Council (2014, 2016)
Lord Burlington, Founder of Lismore Castle Arts (2016) Graham Gussin, Artist (2013) Duncan Robinson CBE, Master of Magdalene College (2009)
Dr Caroline Campbell, Curator of Italian Paintings, the National Gallery (2016) Dr Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director, the Whitworth (2016) Andrea Schlieker, Curator, Folkestone Triennial 2011 (2012)
Kate Carreno, Assistant Director, The Fitzwilliam Museum (2012) Professor Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of Art History & Museum Studies, University of Leeds (2012 and 2013) Jon Snow, Journalist (2012)
Nigel Carrington, Rector of University of the Arts, London (2011) Michael Harrison, Director, Kettle’s Yard (2010) Alastair Sooke, Journalist and Writer (2013 and 2015)
Ruth Claxton, Artist (2010) Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association (2016) Sarah Staton, Artist and Senior Tutor in Sculpture, Royal College of Art (2015)
Professor Richard Clay, Senior Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham (2015) Margot Heller, Director, South London Gallery (2013) Joanna Stella-Sawicka, Artistic Director, Frieze Fairs (2017)
Nathan Coley, Artist (2015) Roger Hiorns, Artist (2017) Laurence Sillars, Chief Curator, BALTIC (2017)
Dr Jill Cook, Deputy Keeper, Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory, British Museum (2014 and 2016) Paul Hobson, Director, Modern Art Oxford (2014) Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (2015)
Michael Craig-Martin, Artist (2011) The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam (2013) Abraham Thomas, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum (2015)
Dorothy Cross, Artist (2015) Professor Deborah Howard, Architectural History, University of Cambridge (2011) Sam Thorne, Artistic Director, Tate St. Ives (2016)
Professor Juan Cruz, Dean of School of Fine Art, Royal College of Art (2017) Penny Huntsman, Educationalist and Author (2017) Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Foundation, Folkestone (2014)
Dr Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain (2015) Mahtab Hussain, Artist (2016) Dr Caroline Vout, Reader in Classics, University of Cambridge (2015)
Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Director, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery Trust (2017) Nicola Kalinsky, Director, the Barber Institute of Fine Art (2014) Simon Wallis, Director, The Hepworth Wakefield (2013)
Edmund de Waal OBE, Artist (2008 and 2014) Deborah Kermode, Deputy Director, IKON Gallery (2016) Jonathan Watkins, Director, IKON Gallery (2012)
Dr Lucy Davis, Curator of Painting, the Wallace Collection (2017) Tim Knox, Director, the Fitzwilliam Museum (2014) Richard Wentworth, Artist (2017)
Ian Dejardin, Director, Dulwich Picture Gallery (2010) Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island (2016) Alison Wilding, Artist (2017)
Dr Stephen Deuchar, Director, The Art Fund (2012) Tim Llewellyn OBE, Chairman of the Trustees of the Burlington Magazine Foundation (2013) Ghislaine Wood, Acting Director, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (2017)
William Feaver, Writer and Critic (2013) Jenni Lomax, Director, Camden Arts Centre (2016) Bill Woodrow, Artist (2007)
Stephen Feeke, Director, New Art Centre (2015) Doris Lockheart, Journalist and Collector (2006) Godfrey Worsdale OBE, Director, The Henry Moore Foundation (2016)
Laura Ford, Artist (2013) Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts (2017) Greville Worthington, Chairman of the Trustees of Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2015)
Hannah Rothschild, Chair of the National Gallery and Author (2016) Andrew Nairne, Director, Modern Art Oxford (2007) and as Director, Kettle’s Yard (2013) Dr Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of the Courtauld Gallery (2017)

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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 and 2018 ARTiculation events in England are held in partnership with these museums and galleries

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University Partners

We work with Universities to host ARTiculation workshops. We train undergraduates so that they can support the workshops and mentor ARTiculation students.

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The following Universities have exhibited at the ARTiculation University Fair

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