Many congratulations to the nine Canfordians who have been offered places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities this year.
ARTiculation 2021 held online
The Roche Court Educational Trust’s ARTiculation Prize is a nationally acclaimed annual event promoting the appreciation and discussion of art. The competition is open to students aged 16-19 and aims to develop their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions. Each student delivers a ten-minute illustrated presentation to an audience about a work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice. Adjudicators then assess each presentation as a whole, looking at content, structure, delivery, the originality of the speaker’s approach and unique potential.
Canfordians have a strong record of entry into this prestigious competition. This year the regional heats were held online due to the pandemic, and Sixth Former Imogen Fairweather represented Canford presenting on the Film Stills of Cindy Sherman. Lead judge Professor Clunas, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Trinity College, Oxford, praised Imogen for her extraordinary use of images which brilliantly underpinned the main lines of her presentation. He stated that this technique of bringing the viewer back to the images had been done extremely effectively and added that the subject of guilt and of the viewer’s complicity had been extremely well done and had opened up different angles of viewing Cindy Sherman’s work.
Canford Head of Art Nicola Will commented: “We look forward to taking part in the ARTiculation competition each year. It is a wonderful opportunity for our pupils to research a particular aspect of Art, and to present their ideas in a coherent and inspiring way. Imogen should be very proud of her achievement giving an excellent and thought provoking talk.”
Professor Craig Clunas added:
“Thank you to all the speakers for an extremely stimulating and enjoyable morning, The standard of presentations has been extraordinarily high with all the speakers displaying professionalism: for not only sticking within the ten minutes, but saying what they had to say within the allocated time effectively and lucidly, with a brilliant use of PowerPoint and excellent use of images to illustrate the talks.”
Despite missing out on a place in the national final, Imogen was awarded a badge entitling membership of the ARTiculation Alumni Network, a certificate and an Art Fund National Art Pass Annual membership allowing free entry to hundreds of museums, galleries and historic places across the UK.
For more information about ARTiculation, please visit https://rochecourteducationaltrust.co.uk/