An image of all 5 student contestants. Pictured with the Mayor of Sudbury, Events Co-ordinator and Director of Gainsborough's House. They are all stood in the Finnis Scott Drawing Room.

Articulation Prize 2023


Pictured from left to right: Ellen Murphy– Mayor of Sudbury, Ben W, Elaine H, Christian T, Merlin T, Davit R, Arabella McKessar and Mark Bills. 

Articulation is the National Gallery’s nationwide public speaking initiative for young people aged between 14 and 23, designed to promote the appreciation and discussion of visual culture. A programme of activities takes place annually across the UK. The Articulation Prize was first founded by the Roche Court Education Trust in 2006. 

Gainsborough’s House were delighted to host this event for the very first time. This was the Regional Final; winners from this round will then compete in the Grand Final.

The annual competition invites those aged 16 to 19 to deliver a 10-minute presentation on a work of art, architecture, or an artefact of their choice in front of an audience and an adjudicator at museums and galleries.

Our adjudicator was Mark Bills, Director of Gainsborough’s House, judging 5 pupils from different schools.

Each student presented their choice of artwork and gave an interesting account of context, questions to ask of the artist and work as well as reasons to appreciate their chosen artefact.

The winner of the Articulation Regional Final 2023 was Merlin T, and our runner-up was Davit R.

Mark Bills said, “the standard of the presentations was extraordinarily high. Each one was fascinating, engaging, and well considered. Choosing a finalist was exceptionally difficult as all of them brilliantly represented their subject.”

Thank you to all the students and teachers who participated!