Chigwell Student Aleksa (top right) took part in the online Regional Heat of the ARTiculation competition on January 14 2021, delivering an outstanding talk on the ‘Death of Marat’ by Jacques Louis David.

He received praise from the adjudicator, Dr Esther Chadwick from the The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, who commented on the delivery of his talk as having:-

"Emotional impact and drama, he immediately opened up big questions in art and propaganda and politics and used contemporary links effectively. His visual comparisons were effective. His talk was very focussed. From a rhetorical point of view the talk was both powerful and evocative. The structure of his talk addressed large issues as well as zooming in on the detail".

What is ARTiculation?

ARTiculation is the Roche Court Educational Trust’s nationally acclaimed public speaking initiative designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of visual culture. ARTiculation engages young people aged between 14 and 23, regardless of background or experience, with art and develops their confidence and ability to express their opinions, thoughts and conclusions. A programme of activities takes place nationally and, increasingly internationally, all underpinned by their ethos of Looking, Thinking and Speaking. This year, they are hosting 19 events live on Zoom Webinar by galleries, museums and universities all over the country culminating in the Grand Final hosted by The National Gallery, London on 18 March 2021.

The ARTiculation Prize

The annual ARTiculation Prize invites those aged between 16 and 19 to each deliver a ten-minute presentation to an audience about a work of art, architecture or an artefact. Adjudicators are asked to assess each presentation as a whole, looking at content, structure, delivery and the speaker’s original approach and unique potential.

Congratulations Aleksa

A big well done to Aleksa for delivering this talk which was enjoyed by a large online audience. He clearly deserves to be commended for his hard work and dedication in preparing and taking so eloquently as part of this event. His research and intellectual understanding of the piece was conveyed so passionately. I do hope he will pursue further studies to accomplish his dream of being an art historian. His performance was most certainly a credit to the School.

Miss Wales, Art & Design Teacher

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Congratulations to Aleksa for an excellent presentation.

Josepha Sanna, ARTiculation Project Manager