Admm8h | 31 January 2022

Propelling Art A level students towards a broader skill base, ARTiculation is a nationally acclaimed public speaking competition set up by The Roche Court Trust.


ARTiculation is designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research and presentation skills. The Trust invites 6th Form students to give a ten minute speech based on a work of art, artefact or image of their choice. The competition has been recognised in the national media and was made the subject of the BBC’s Culture Show some years ago.


LWC Artists are proud to have twice achieved prizes at regional level and the winners of the regional round go forward to the National finals held at Clare College, Cambridge.


This year Jess B, Upper Sixth, chose to enter this prestigious competition which was hosted virtually.


Andrea Rose, OBE thanked all speakers for delivering such a fascinating presentations and applauded them for courageously having been revealing about themselves and the works of art – adding that you cannot speak about one without the other, which all speakers had beautifully demonstrated. Andrea added that all speakers had brought contemporary interests and concerns into their discussions of the works, sometimes in shocking ways, and, most importantly had shown us all, through their presentations, that the future is safe in their hands!


As an additional bit of advice for all speakers going forward, Andrea Rose shared that when looking at a work of art, this should be described objectively as much as is possible. Its size, date and subject matter (which may not always be as obvious) should be taken in consideration, before presenting the audience with a subjective response.


Andrea Rose praised Jess for an inventive introduction to Kandinsky and noted she had not fallen into any of the old clichés! She added that the notations that Jess had shown were beautiful, lyrical and new to her (Andrea), and that hearing Jess play at the end of the presentation had been magical, describing it as a ‘beautiful way to illustrate the subject you were talking about’.