By Rachel Miller, Budehaven School:
ARTiculation, the national public speaking competition, which promotes and supports young people to Look, Think and Speak about art, was an amazing opportunity for our pupils here at Budehaven to raise their aspirations and experience an immersive and challenging event.
ARTiculation is the Roche Court Educational Trust’s internationally acclaimed initiative which champions students, aged between 16 – 19 regardless of background and experience, providing a platform on which students can develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and ideas, through the arts and public speaking. It also provides pupils with opportunities, creating pathways to careers, while establishing a life-long interest in, and engagement with art.
‘ARTiculation is changing the future of British art criticism for the best.’ – Sir Antony Gormley
Budehaven school ran an internal heat on Tuesday the 11 th February and were able to award Morris Haynes, Edward Hobbs and Maggie Caddick, 1st, 2nd and 3rd certificates for their inspirational talks. Thanks to Richard Kavanagh, Hilary Curtis and Vicky Jordon for being on the panel of judges.
Our qualifiers – first and second place (Morris and Edward), went on to attend the Regional heat, which was held at Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum on Wed 4 March. The Regional Final saw 8 students aged between 16 – 19 deliver ten minute-presentations about a work of art, architecture or an artefact of their choice in front of an audience and the adjudicator Teresa Gleadowe, curator, writer and editor, Director of Cast.
Schools taking part were: Liskeard School and Community College, Plymouth College of Art, Budehaven School and Okehampton College.
I was extremely proud of how confident our students were and the delivery of their presentations was excellent. It was amazing when Edward secured 3rd place and Morris 2 nd place. They were both a real credit to our school and demonstrated confidence and a real mature understanding of their subject.