On Wednesday the 17th of February, the University of Stirling Art Collection held an ARTiculation event, in collaboration with the Roche Court Educational Trust and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum.
The ARTiculation prize is an annual event that has been running for ten years and is designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. The competition seeks to engage students, regardless of their background or experience with art and to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions. Each student is invited to deliver a ten minute presentation to an interested audience about a work of art5, artefact or arichecture of their choice. Adjudicators are asked to assess each presentation as a whole, looking at content, structure and delivery.
Over the years, ARTiculation has gained prestige and respect within the art community due to the way it encourages young people to explore the various forms and styles of art and to develop their personal interests. Recently Dr. Christina Bradstreet from the National Gallery commented, “ARTiculation is the most exciting thing happening around art and art history in schools today.”
This February saw five Scottish schools taking part and eight students delivering presentations. Alice Murray, Callie Burns, Matilda Williams, Sam Hewitson, Greta Martyniuk, Molly Burr, Aimee Finlay and Catherine Eckersall, all presented on various topics including: the costumes in the feature film, ‘Into the Woods,’ the Alexander McQueen 2010 Spring line, the 9th century Alfred Jewel and Picasso’s Blue Period.
The first prize winner received £100, with the second and third place students receiving £75 and £50. All three winners received a book prize sponsored by Laurence King Publishers and one year’s free membership to the Art Fund to include a National Art Pass.
The winner this year was Matilda Williams. However, Brig must congratulate all the students for giving very informative and passionate presentations. Their awareness and interest in art will undoubtedly be expressed in their future education and endeavours.
By Caroline Malcolm