The Art Department is delighted to announce that Poppy Sendell (Upper Sixth) has been selected for the semi-final of the prestigious Articulation award, a national public speaking competition run by the Roche Court Educational Trust and the University of Cambridge.

All Upper Sixth Art students at Emanuel are required to enter the competition, developing an original talk on a work of art or architecture. Having won several internal heats during the Autumn term, Poppy (above, second from right) gave her 10 minute presentation last Tuesday on the painting Branded by Jenny Saville at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Professor Emily Mann, Lecturer in Early Modern Art at the Courtauld and adjudicator for the competition was highly impressed with Poppy’s unique discussion of the work. She praised her for “sharing her compelling engagement with the artwork and for cleverly and effortlessly bringing in wider cultural references”.

Poppy competed against students from several leading London schools and will present her talk at the semi-final at the National Gallery on 28th February, adjudicated by art historian and broadcaster, Dr James Fox. We are delighted that for the third year running an Emanuel Art student has won a place in the semi-final of the Articulation competition, competing against 200 schools across the UK. We hope that Poppy has the opportunity to compete at the final in March at Clare College, Cambridge.

Miss Cottone (Deputy Head of Art)