Zach Taylor from Abbey Grange Academy recently won the ARTiculation 2019 grand prize at the competition finals in March.
ARTiculation is a competition for 16-19 year olds, based on public speaking about art. Developed by Roche Court Educational Trust, the competition provides young people with a platform to develop their confidence and ability in expressing their opinions, thoughts and ideas through public speaking.
Over 1000 students entered the competition, with Zach one of ten finalists to get through to the final stage of the competition. His talk was about the self-portrait of Rembrandt aged 51/53, 1657-59. The prize was adjudicated by Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A. Among the finalists, Dr Hunt said that Zach’s presentation was “One of the closest readings of a work” and praised Zach for setting out the “relationship between the biography and the portraiture of Rembrandt very powerfully".
Zach, who now plans to apply for university places to study Art History said: “The final in Cambridge was an amazing day for me. I’ve gained so much confidence over the whole process in who I am and how I express things. It was an honour to meet Tristram Hunt, such a prestigious figure in the art world, and when he announced my name as the winner I really couldn’t believe it. I am deeply grateful to the Roche Court Educational Trust for giving me such an incredible opportunity. I am thankful also to Dr Abigail Harrison Moore and Leeds University for supporting me so well, and of course to Mr McGinty my art teacher who inspires me daily, for pushing me and believing in me."
For schools interested in ARTiculation for KS4 students, the University of Leeds offer schools the opportunity to participate in ARTiculation Discovery Days and the Discover ARTiculation Challenge.