Personal views on a famous piece of artwork have led to an art and design student from City of Wolverhampton College being awarded second place in the regional finals of a national public speaking competition.
Anastacia Smouna, aged 19, who is studying for a UAL Level 3 foundation diploma in art and design, was runner-up in the West Midlands’ heat of the National Gallery’s Articulation competition which encourages young people to look, think and speak about art.
Anastacia delivered a 10-minute presentation on her views of artist Judy Chicago’s thought-provoking and challenging work ‘Creation’, part of the Birth Project, to an audience at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, in Coventry.
In the project, Chicago asked women about their experiences of the birth process and produced a range of needlework canvases that were embellished by needleworkers around the United States, Canada and New Zealand, and are now on public view in numerous institutions or used as part of university curricula.
The Articulation competition aims to promote the appreciation and discussion of art, by challenging students to give a short presentation on a physical work of art, artefact or architecture of their choice, and to stimulate their interest and understanding of art, while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills.
Anastacia (centre) was accompanied to the competition by art and design tutor Claire Henderson, and fellow students Benjamin Henry (left) and Grace Fletcher (right).
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