Upton Court Grammar School art students participated in the Roche Court Educational Trust’s annual event “The Articulation Prize”, designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of art. Sixth form students delivered a ten minute presentation to an audience about a work of art, artifact or architecture of their choice. Emily Mclean, 18, qualified for the regional heat at the Saatchi Gallery with her winning presentation on work by artist Tracey Emin at a heat on Tuesday the 10th December 2013.
The regional heat on Monday 13th January 2014 at The Saatchi Gallery in West London saw students representing schools from across London and the South East giving talks on a wide range of subjects, ranging from medieval painting within the tower of London, to the geometric abstract work of Russian painter Malevich. It was a close competition with all students giving incredibly eloquent, mature and well researched presentations. Whilst Emily did not make it through to the final, she did receive fantastic feedback on the high quality of her presentation from both the competition organiser, Dr Gill Cook, Deputy Keeper of Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Material at the British Museum; the judge for this heat of the competition.
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernández Estrada said “The nurturing of the creative side of students is key to helping them develop as people. This has been such a fabulous opportunity to compete and demonstrate how talented they are.”
The heat was filmed by the BBC’s Culture Show for a special documentary on the Articulation 2014 competition, due to be aired in the spring.
Photo attached : Upton Court Grammar School Student Emily McLean (third from left) with other participants and Dr Jill Cook, Deputy Keeper of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Material and the British Museum.