Congratulations to Scarlet Deans who is through to the next round of the competition after presenting at the Saatchi Gallery last Wednesday. This is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to supporting Scarlet when she goes to present again on the 2 March at the National Gallery.
To read more about the actual event please read the attached Press Release from the ARTiculation Event below:
ARTiculation, the national public speaking competition, which encourages young people to look, think and speak about art, was held at the London Regional Heats at the Saatchi Gallery last Wednesday 17 January 2- 5pm.
At the Regional Heat 10 students aged between 16 and 19 will each make a 10 minute presentation about a work of art, architecture or an artefact of their choice in front of an audience and an adjudicator.
Schools taking part are, Ashcroft Technology Academy, City of London Academy, Croydon High School, Latymer Upper School, Notting Hill and Ealing High School, Radnor House, South Hampstead High School, Three Rivers Academy, Townley Grammar School and Wilson's School
Darian Leader, psychoanalyst and author adjudicated this Regional Heat.
Darian Leader commented on how tremendously impressed he had been with all of the talks, and how dazzled he had been that all ten speakers were sensitive to art’s commentary on contemporary society and to questions it raised on gender, politics, disability, the Western gaze. At a time when there appears to be a need to put a positive gloss on everything, all of the speakers had had the courage to raise the fact that ‘things might not be so great’ and had not been afraid to shy away from the issues surrounding us.
Darian Leader also offered recognition to all of the teachers present and involved.
Darian praised Scarlet for contrasting the different qualities of the work, Maman, and how she had brought not just the obvious aspects of the work but had contrasted this with its fragility. Darian was interested in how Scarlet brought in art historical references alongside the example of her own mother. Darian also praised Scarlet for introducing the audience to questions that went beyond aesthetics.
Over 1,000 students enter The ARTiculation Prize in England every year.
Any Year 10 students interested in getting involved with this event please contact Ms Chipol, Art Department.
Huge thank you to all the staff involved in supporting this event.