The Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award was established in 2014 sponsored by the Kenneth Clark Society to enable students to visit works of art, architecture or exhibitions of their choice within the British Isles.
Students who participate in ARTiculation through our outreach programme are invited to submit a 100-200 word outline of where they would like to visit and why.
Awards are announced at the ARTiculation Prize Finals in Cambridge.
The Kenneth Clark Society is the Art History society of Winchester College. Amongst its activities is the raising of money to support art projects in primary schools and special schools, and recently, the reframing of Titian’s An Allegory of Prudence in the National Gallery.
Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award 2018
In 2018 seven Travel Award were given to students from Jane Austen College, Sir Isaac Newton Academy, King David Academy, Kingsdale Foundation School, Bournemouth and Poole College, Abbey Grange C of E Academy and St Olave’s Grammar.
I am writing to say thank you for providing me with the opportunity to go to the Tate Britain and see Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais in person. My interest in Millais’ Ophelia began when I started researching representations of Ophelia in art after I had seen her character in Hamlet. Despite constantly seeing images of the painting in my research, it was amazing to observe Ophelia up close whilst surrounded by the works of other artists caught up in the Pre- Raphaelite movement of the 1840s. The painting was far smaller than I’d expected and its size added to the fragility of the scene, making Ophelia’s character seem even more precious and tragic. Taking Turner’s advice to ‘go to nature’ seriously, Millais surrounds Ophelia with clusters of brilliant blue, white and red flowers and the bough of a willow tree, in which he painted en plein air. These details could not be fully experienced if I didn’t have the chance to visit the Tate Britain, so thank you again. I recommend that any person, whether an artist or not takes the time to visit a piece of artwork that interests them; seeing the composition in person stimulates new inspiration and provides you with a fresh perspect
Rosa Rubin, King David Academy
Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award 2017
Nine Travel Awards were presented at the Final of ARTiculation 2017 by Anne Beckwith-Smith, Trustee of the Roche Court Educational Trust to students from Kingsdale Foundation School, Jane Austin College, St Mary Redcliffe and temple School, St George’s, Lyng Hall School, Christ the King, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, City of Wolverhampton College and St Marylebone School.
My Visit to the Tate St Ives, November 2017
Waves flutter and tumble gently onto the sands of Porthmeor Beach.
The self effacing curves and crevices of the Tate St Ives lay behind.
Beyond these sculptural walls lies 55 sq meters of gallery space.
The new gallery fills with soft cornish daylight from five and a half meters above.
Ever changing throughout the day.
An elegant contrast to the somewhat harsh concrete beams.
The character of the Tate St Ives extension has been beautiful coincided with the original. For me, acting as a best friend, as opposed to an identical copy nor divergence of style
I was in awe of this, and how the space allowed the works of artist Rebecca Warren, to explore their optimism and limitation, as suggested by the title ‘All That Heaven Allows’. Her bronze and clay shapes felt humanlike and familiar. While the bold and structural nature of her constructions, together with her intricate neon assemblages, gave the sense that they are in the space they were always meant to be. Revealing the significance of the architecture of the New Tate St Ives. I feel privileged and delighted to have been given the opportunity to visit such a work of wonder. And am very thankful to ARTiculation for the Kenneth Clark Travel Award.
Ella Doris Stoneham-Bull
‘It was a fantastic experience to finally visit Liverpool and see a part of my family history at the Albert Docks. Whatsmore, it was a real pleasure to be able to extend my interest in German culture by perusing the works of Otto Dix and August Sander in the “Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 exhibition.” An afternoon of viewing both the arrestingly candid photos of Sander and the grotesque and striking works of Dix immersed me into the lives of post-war Germans in two very different, but equally valuable, ways. Thank you so much for this opportunity and for the whole Articulation experience.’
Beattie Green, St Marylebone High School
‘I am writing to personally thank you for my Kenneth Clark Travel Award. I spent a day at the National Gallery, specifically visiting The Arnolfini Portrait. This visit allowed me to study this painting alongside many others in more depth for my A Level History of Art. Many thanks, Skye.’
Skye Williams, Christ the King College, Isle of Wight
‘Today I have visited the Tate Modern using the Kenneth Clark Travel Award. I went with my family and we had a great time. My two younger sisters hadn’t been to an art gallery before and they loved it! I went to the gallery looking for some inspiration for my current art project and was inspired greatly by Kelley Walker’s art work. I am excited to start exploring his artwork further. Thank you again for awarding me with the Travel Award. Beth’
Beth Buckenham, Jane Austin College, Norwich
Pursuing my interest in the Pre-Raphaelites and leading on from my talk about Elizabeth Siddal, I used this travel award to visit William
Morris’s Red House in Bexleyheath. The house was beautifully decorated and preserved since its commission by Morris in the 1850s who at the time was inspired by medieval and gothic architecture. As well as visiting the house for leisure Morris’s friends; Rossetti, Webb, Faulkner and Burne-Jones also used the house for decorative experiments. What was really interesting, was that since the ownership of William Morris, the house has been redecorated over 6 times making it the job of the art historians to peel away and reveal the original gothic revival works by Morris’s companions. My personal highlight were the biblical frescos in Morris’s bedroom which up until 3 years ago were all believed to be painted by Elizabeth Siddal. However, since then it has been confirmed that each of the 5 figures were painted by different artists with Siddal only contributing to the figure of Rachel. Furthermore, I loved the fact that the ladies of the Brotherhood would often be Muses for illustrations upon different pieces of furniture; Siddal being sighted upon a cabinet in the hall of the house, painted by her lover Rosetti. Thank you to Articulation for giving me this experience.
Francesca Weir, St George’s, London
Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award 2016
In 2016 eight students from Dixons City Academy, City College Brighton and Hove, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Kingsdale Foundation School, Newham Sixth Form College, Andover College, Henry Box School and Totton College have been awarded the ARTiculation Travel Award, enabling them to visit museums, galleries or exhibitions of their choice.
Rosie took part in the 2016 West Yorkshire Regional Heat at Leeds City Art Gallery and used the Travel Award to visit The Courtauld. Here is what Rosie said about the exhibition:
The trip to the Courtauld Institute was a very useful and enjoyable experience. The impressionist section is wonderfully arranged and such colourful, free works never fail to raise my spirits. I was particularly interested in the room which featured some German Expressionists which will helpfully further my current A-level project based around German or German-speaking artists or movements. The highlight actually came from the unexpected source of an exquisite ink and graphite sketch by Van Gogh which I was able to privately view thanks to the involvement in Prints and Paper department of the institute. This allowed me to gauge an insideview of the institute’s inner workings as well as an insight into the quality of their collection. This was also shown by the lovely ‘Regarding Trees’ exhibition which used some of the Cortauld’s collection to showcase the way a humble tree has been elevated to an artwork. I also extremely enjoyed the Georgiana Houghton exhibition. I loved the free brush strokes and was fascinated by the theory, theology and ideas behind her style and way of thinking. Although at this moment in time I have moved away from studying history of art and more towards history and German combined, trips such as these do continue to reinforce my want to work in a museum or gallery space in the future. All staff and students were welcoming and I feel I have benefited heavily from the trip in many ways.
Louise took part in the 2016 London Quarter Final at the Whitechapel Gallery and used the Travel Award to Visit St. Ives to see Barbara Hepworth’s Studio and Sculpture Garden. Louise said Thank you for the Travel Award; the area was very beautiful and peaceful.
Dafydd took part in the 2016 South West regional heat and used the Travel Award to visit Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern. Here is what he said about the exhibition:
‘The visit was my first time seeing Calder’s sculpture in real life, something I had wanted to do for years. It isn’t until you see his work in the flesh that you get a sense of its unique mobility and the way it interacts with its surrounding space. Simply seeing his work on a page doesn’t allow for you to see the way his mobiles delicately play with the light, creating shadows that I felt were almost as interesting than the art itself. The exhibition gave a great deal of creative inspiration to me and I highly recommend that artists and non-artists alike make the most of any chance to see his work.’
‘It was fascinating to see that artists who usually painted different subjects were united by their interest in painting gardens. As well as being an impressive collection of paintings, that gave the viewer an overview of the various art movements of the early twentieth century, particularly impressionism, the way the work was presented gave me an insight into the personal lives of the artists, helping me to feel more connected to the work.’
ARTiculation Travel Award 2015
In 2015 four students from Folkestone, Sevenoaks, London and Birmingham were awarded the Travel Award, enabling them to visit the Textiles Museum in York, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.