UVI Impress in ARTiculation Competition

This week, St Mary’s UVI pupils impressed once again in the annual ARTiculation competition (national public speaking competition about art). This year, the selection of artworks was equally exciting: La Maternité by Picasso presented by Elfrieda S, Untitled (Liberty) by Mustafa Hassouna presented by Olivia W and My Mum by Ren Hang presented by Helen C.

The choice of artwork was particularly audacious given that none have been written about in art historical scholarship. Picasso’s painting has recently been acquired by the National Gallery, having never been shown to the world before. Ren Hang and Mustafa Hassouna are current photographers still waiting to be critiqued. However, they now have been – by St Mary’s art historians! Watch out for the names of these budding art experts in the future as the three girls are applying to read Graphic Design and History of Art at university.

This year’s adjudicator, Michael Liversidge FSA, FRSA (Emeritus Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Bristol), praised the pupils’ presentations for their depth and sophistication equal to that of undergraduate students.  The audience was drawn into the aesthetic qualities of the works through expert visual analysis, but also challenged by a range of rhetorical questions on the topics of global politics, humanity, mental health and the nature of art.

Congratulations to Helen who won the school heat and will be competing with the South West schools at Lord Wandsworth College in February 2019.

The event would not have been possible without the support of the admin, IT and catering teams and the wonderful audience of students and staff. A special thank you goes to Mrs Brand and Ms Bridger for the continuous support of the girls who take part.