After a fiercely contested internal heat, with spectacularly researched talks on topics as diverse as ‘Detail in Pre-Raphaelite painting’ to the ‘Portraits of Alexander the Great’, Sixth Form student David travelled to Folkestone for the Regional Final of the ARTiculation Prize 2022.

ARTicualtion is a public speaking competition in which students talk about an Artwork, Artefact or piece of Architecture, with the grand final taking place at London’s National Gallery.  Held at the Creative Quarterhouse in Folkestone, judge Jonathan Watkins, Director of IKON Gallery, thanked all speakers for a ‘really impressive range of works and for a very moving afternoon’, congratulating them all on their passionate presentations.

David was praised for his in-depth, formal analysis of Rooms by the Sea by Edward Hopper and for the way in which he spoke about emotions, relating it to what people felt during the pandemic.  David’s talk explored the feeling of loneliness in the painting and the sense of adventure represented by the glimpse of the sea from the open doorway.

After taking part in the regional final, David will be joining the ARTiculation Alumni Network, and we are sure that he will embrace the opportunities it presents to further his exploration of public speaking in the context of Art History.