Opportunity for Buckinghamshire non-selective state maintained secondary schools

At a time where the arts have played an enormous part in our mental well-being, and students return to school in September, now is a great opportunity to get involved in stART Talking.

ARTiculation is inviting 5 schools to take part in stART Talking, a three-year project open to KS4 and KS5, delivered in partnership with MK Gallery and Waddesdon Manor, supported by the Rothschild Foundation.

Travel bursaries will be made available.

ARTiculation is the national arts public speaking initiative for young people. It is designed to build confidence in oracy and public speaking skills, using the visual arts as a tool for critical thinking and analysis.

In Year One of the project stART Talking schools will be invited to:

  • participate in a Teachers’ Focus group (in person or virtually)
  • take part in a Teachers’ CPD session to experience ARTiculation for themselves
  • receive an in-school ARTiculation Discovery Day delivered by the ARTiculation Team
  • Take part in a Discovery Day at Waddesdon Manor or MK Gallery
  • Take part in the annual ARTiculation Prize

To become an ARTiculation stART Talking school, submit an expression of interest by 31 July to Josepha Sanna, ARTiculation Project Manager / 01980 862 802

End of Year Report

ARTiculation is delighted to share our End of Year Report from the 2019-2020 ARTiculation season.

Grand Final 2020: A Look Back

Watch this short video slide show of ARTiculation Prize 2020 Grand Final at Clare College, Cambridge

Alumni Network News 

HENI Talks has partnered with ARTiculation for the second year to film the winning presentation of the ARTiculation Prize 2020. See last year’s HENI Talk here. ARTiculation Alumni are the only students to have ever filmed with HENI Talks.

ARTiculation Ambassadors included four alumni during the ARTiculation Prize 2020. Ambassadors worked ARTiculation Prize events and wrote ARTicles for the ARTiculation Blog which kept website visitors abreast as we travelled around the country. See here 

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens has asked ARTiculation Alumni to be part of the upcoming Grayson Perry exhibition A Vanity of Small Differences (1 August – 4 October). Alumni from the north east will be paid to deliver tours and record audio to guide visitors. 

National Gallery and The Royal Academy have both invited ARTiculation Alumni to be part of upcoming exhibitions. Alumni were set to present their thoughts and opinions to the wider public as part of the Sin exhibition at the National Gallery and as part of the Summer Exhibition ‘Edits’ at the Royal Academy. These have, understandably, been postponed, and we encourage viewers to engage with art in digital formats. You can view films of all eight Grand Finalists here.

Art Friends of Cambridge have invited another ARTiculation Alumni to come speak to their audience in autumn 2020. 

WINNER: ARTiculation Prize 2020 culminates in Cambridge

The winner of the ARTiculation Prize 2020 was announced at Clare College, University of Cambridge on Friday 13 March by Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair, Arts Council England. 

WINNER: Charles Lee (Xaverian College, Manchester) for his in-depth talk on the architecture of The Proud Trust Centre in Manchester.

SECOND PRIZE: Macy Biss (Burgate School, Hampshire) for her performative talk on Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills (1977-80).

THIRD PRIZE: Sienna Lakin (Guildford High School, Surrey) for her very personal take on Chris Rush’s Swim II (2008).

Other Grand Finalist schools included Bede Acadmey (Northumberland), Caterham School (Surrey), City of Wolverhampton College (West Midlands), Jane Austen College (Norfolk), Liskeard School and Community College (Cornwall).

This year saw over 1,000 student presentations delivered across England in ten regions. Regional Heats and Finals took place from January to March at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Norwich), Quarterhouse (Folkestone), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), The National Maritime Museum Cornwall (Falmouth), the Ashmolean (Oxford), the New Art Centre (Wiltshire), and The National Gallery (London).

ARTiculation 2020 also saw five London Regional Heats at the London’s premier venues including, the Whitechapel Gallery, The Courtauld Institute of Art, The Royal Academy of Arts, the V&A Museum and the Lightbox in Woking.

All ARTiculation Prize 2020 participants are now part of the ARTiculation Alumni Network which supports young people as they embark on their chosen careers or pursue their education.


ARTiculation Prize 2020 hurdles over Halfway Point

The ARTiculation Prize has seen twelve of seventeen Regional Finals & Heats across the nation with five Grand Finalist being declared in Folkestone (Quarterhouse), Manchester (the Whitworth), Birmingham (The Barber Institute), Gateshead (BALTIC), and Norwich (The Sainsbury Centre). Hitherto topics have ranged from Alexander McQueen and Yayoi Kusama to Leonardo.

Upcoming Regional Finals & Heats in Milton Keynes (MK Gallery), London (The National Gallery), Cornwall (National Maritime Museum) and Oxford (Ashmolean) will see an additional three speakers be nominated as Grand Finalists. The ARTiculation Prize 2020 Grand Final will be hosted by Clare College, Cambridge on Fri 13 March and will be adjudicated by Sir Nicholas Serota CH.









ARTiculation Prize 2020 Internal Heats in Full Swing

Internal School Heats, which will see 1,000 presentations around the country, are in full swing with a large majority of Heats completed. Schools are now nominating their speaker for the upcoming ARTiculation Prize 2020 beginning in the New Year (9 Jan – 13 March see here for full dates). Speakers present a 10-minute presentation on a work of art, architecture or artefact and must first compete internally, wherefrom students continue on to Regional Heats & Finals in museum and galleries across the nation, culminating the Grand Final on 13 March at Clare College, Cambridge. This year’s Grand Final adjudicator is Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair, Arts Council England.

ARTiculation Winner Films with HENI TALKS

ARTiculation Grand Final Winner Zach Taylor (Abbey Grange Academy) has filmed his award-winning presentation with art film makers HENI Talks who have filmed with such experts as Martin Kemp, James Fox and Caroline Campbell. This is the first time HENI Talks has ever filmed with a sixth form student. Dr. Tristram Hunt (Director V&A) awarded Zach the Grand Final Winner at Clare College, Cambridge on 1 March 2019. Dr Tristram Hunt later called the presentation ‘a stunning account’ of the artist. See it now: