January 13, 2015

The ARTiculation Prize is an annual external public speaking competition that invites students across the country to give a short presentation on a work of art, artefact or piece of architecture of their choice. Everyone at St Paul’s Girls’ School was delighted when Maddie Onstwedder was chosen as the overall winner by Edmund de Waal at the final in Cambridge last year. That event was later the focus of a Culture Show programme. After success in 2014, the school is taking a break from entering the prize this year, so the twelve art history senior school students who attended one of the London heats at the Saatchi Gallery on Monday 12 January were able to judge the entries without bias. The presentations demonstrated variety and originality and explored twentieth-century and contemporary work by Jackson Pollock, Barbara Hepworth, Marina Abramovic, Grayson Perry and Banksy as well as a little-known example of graphic design for Penguin books. Each speaker’s handling and personal interpretation of his or her chosen topic showed genuine artistic appreciation and knowledge making the adjudicator Alastair Sooke’s choice of top three competitors a difficult one. This year there will be an internal school ARTiculation competition to be held at the end of this term, which is open to any student from the VI, VII or VIII.

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