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ARTiculation 2017
Sunday, 19 March 2017 00:00

National Gallery Semi-Finalist Alex West

Finals at Cambridge University

The ARTiculation Prize 2017 is over.  The winner - Helen Webley-Brown from Ashcroft Technology Academy- was announced at Cambridge University at the finals on Friday 10th March. Six RES students attended the final, including our own semi-finalist Alex West. The ARTiculate final proved to be just as engaging and fascinating as the previous rounds. This time however, students were also treated to speeches and advice from ‘Art World Royalty’. Sir Antony Gormley delivered an intense Keynote Lecture, Bill Woodrow RA gave a talk in his role as Chairman of the Trustees of the Roche Court Educational Trust, representatives from Leeds and Cambridge University gave invaluable advice on writing personal statements before students were given a tour of local galleries and architecture by Cambridge History of Art undergraduates. After a buffet lunch, students then listened to 9 presentations by the 9 finalists of this year’s competition. At the conclusion of the event, adjudicator Tim Marlow (Artistic Director of the RA) summed up each presentation and praised all who were involved that day and during the whole competition. It should be noted that Helen Webley-Brown –the overall winner- was the student who was selected along with Alex West after their Quarter-Final presentations at the Courtard Institute in January.

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Semi-Final Praise for Alex   

After Alex West’s semi-final performance at the National Gallery, Joanna Littlejohns (Head of ARTiculation), emailed the following message of congratulations.

"It was a great pleasure to see Alex again at the National Gallery for the ARTiculation London Regional Heat..”  “We all enjoyed hearing Alex’s presentation at this next stage of the competition and would like to congratulate her once again for an excellent presentation and performance.”  “The auditorium at The National Gallery is an impressive space and the students met the challenge with great enthusiasm and energy.” “The adjudicator Penny Huntsman praised Alex for describing and explaining her genuine love of this work from such a young age and commented on her animated presentation which brought the piece to life.

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We would also like to congratulate Alex and all our students for their support during this competition. Every student involved has benefitted from this sustained focus on critical engagement with the arts. The competition is invaluable as a way of strengthening critical analysis skills and for highlighting transferable public-speaking skills. We look forward to encouraging even more students to be involved in ARTiculate 2018.

Mr Berriman

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College, part of The Howard Partnership Trust. The Howard Partnership Trust: Registered Office: Lower Road, Effingham, Surrey, KT24 5JR. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 07597068. An exempt charitable trust.