Skip to content ↓

Art students speak out at national contest

Published on 11/02/17

Two sixth formers from Jane Austen College have taken part in a national public speaking competition that champions the appreciation and discussion of art.

A Level art students Beth Buckenham and Anna Curston visited the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich for the regional heats of the 2017 ARTiculation Prize on Thursday, February 2.

The competition, founded in 2006 by the Roche Court Educational Trust, gives young people a forum to express their own ideas on art.

Adjudicator Ghislaine Wood, acting director of the Sainsbury Centre, described Beth’s presentation on Grayson Perry as “a very moving interpretation” of the Turner Prize-winning artist’s work.

Ms Wood was impressed by Elizabeth’s interpretation of Perry’s emotive use of colour, and her personal reading of his work.

Anna’s presentation, on the painting Challenger’s Last Flight by NASA space artist Robert T McCall, was described by Ms Wood as “unique and fascinating”.

She praised Anna for her sensitive exploration of the work and “sense of hope”.

Laura Taylor, head of the Bronte faculty for art, music, PE, and technology at Jane Austen College, said: “The whole Year 12 art class worked hard to put forward their ideas for the competition, writing and presenting their talks in front of students and teachers at the college.

“Among all the fantastic presentations, Anna and Beth’s stood out and were put forward for the regional heat.

“Their well-earned praise from the adjudicator is a great reflection of how passionate and informed they are about art.”

Photos: ARTiculation 2017 and The Roche Court Educational Trust