On Thursday 18th March 2021, Ellie Walker (Y12) won the ARTiculation Prize 2021, becoming the second Abbey Grange student to win this prestigious prize in the last three years, after Zach Taylor won in 2019.
The ARTiculation Prize is a national competition designed to foster students' engagement in the arts whilst developing their public speaking skills. Hundreds of schools from across the country compete in internal heats, regional finals and then the grand final. This year’s final was held virtually at the National Gallery London having previously being held at Clare College,Cambridge.
Adjudicator Prof Griselda Pollock awarded Ellie first prize for bringing together the three adjudicating criteria (content, structure and delivery) in such a subtle and profound way. She praised Ellie for situating us in the pandemic, in the moment we are living in and in what would make her feel free. She commended Ellie for taking us through the work, for seeing how the form and the materials of the work created the whole and considering what it means to ‘install’, to be a space shaper. She congratulated Ellie for her use of eloquent and elegant language, and for making us see how an artwork could be so evocative
Abbey Grange are currently the national champions at bothKS4 and KS5 and have won both the KS4 competition (Discover ARTiculation) and the post-16 version (The ARTiculation Prize) twice in the past four years. In 2020 Sam North (Y11) was awarded first prize for his speech on L.S Lowry’s “The Cripples”
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