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Discover ARTiculation Challenge final back again for 2018

July 6th, 2018

Finalists for Discover ARTiculation 2017 with Kate Brindley

The Discover ARTiculation Challenge returns to Leeds this month, for another competition final packed with a broad range of presentations delivered by GCSE pupils from across the UK.

Taking place at the University of Leeds on 11 July, the Discover ARTiculation Challenge builds on the success of the ARTiculation Prize for sixth formers (held annually at Cambridge University). It is organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the Arts Educational Engagement Team at the University of Leeds alongside partners, the Roche Court Educational Trust and the Devonshire Educational Trust.

Discover ARTiculation Challenge is designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of art while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills. The competition seeks to engage Key Stage 4 students with art history, regardless of background or experience, and to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions.

Earlier this year, students from schools across the UK submitted a short film of themselves speaking about a work of art, an artefact or a piece of architecture of their choice. Adjudicators from the University of Leeds, the University of Kent, the Association for Art History and Roche Court Educational Trust viewed each film received, looking at content, structure, delivery and the speaker’s original approach and unique potential.

The judges whittled 32 entries down to eight finalists, who have been invited to deliver seven-minute presentations at the University of Leeds to a live audience in July.

Students taking part in this year’s Discover ARTiculation Challenge final hail from a range of schools, including Abbey Grange Academy (Leeds), Farlington School (Horsham), Riverside Academy (Barking), Shirebrook Academy (Mansfield), Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School (Canterbury), Sprowston Community Academy (Norwich) and Wycombe Abbey School (High Wycombe).

The presentations will be judged by Nicky Bird, Artist and Reader in Contemporary Photography at Glasgow School of Art. Two prizes will be awarded: one for overall presentation skills and one for overall research skills. These will be awarded by Mrs Celia Bell, who graduated from Leeds in English & Fine Art in 1968.

Ellie Johnson from the Arts Educational Engagement team said:

“We are really pleased with the number of schools that entered this year’s competition. A number of them are new to Discover ARTiculation Challenge which is great.

“The finalists are coming from all over the country which just shows the reach this competition now has!”

Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, said:

‘I am delighted that the School is able to host Discover ARTiculation in Leeds again, and look forward to welcoming Nicky Bird back to Leeds as our adjudicator. Having watched the finalist’s films, I know that we are giving her an incredibly difficult job of choosing between the presentations.

“This year’s finalists are speaking about a very wide range of artists and art, from Hopper to Dali. From simply watching their short films, I learnt a great deal and I am very excited to hear their longer presentations.

“Discover ARTiculation looks to discover the next generation of art historians and I know we have found in our finalists some wonderfully articulate and able young people, who have done a great deal of research to produce their final presentations.

“I wish them all luck on 11 July.”

Images from top: Finalists of Discover ARTiculation 2017 with Kate Brindley

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