On Monday 10 March 2014, 10pm, BBC2’s The Culture Show will broadcast a 30-minute special on ARTiculation 2014 – a nationwide public speaking competition run by Roche Court Educational Trust, designed to encourage discussion and understanding of art among sixth form students.

For The Love of Artis presented by Alastair Sooke and will feature footage from the regional heats and the final, held at the University of Cambridge on 1 March was adjudicated by artist and writer Edmund de Waal OBE.

The northern heat was hosted by The Hepworth Wakefield on 12 February in collaboration with Leeds Art Gallery and the University of Leeds. BBC2’s The Culture Show filmed the heat, adjudicated by Dr Abigail Harrison Moore, Programme Director for the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.

Dr Harrison Moore said: “I was delighted to adjudicate the local heat of 2014’s ARTiculations at The Hepworth Wakefield. All of the papers were inspiring and each of the presenters impressed me and the audience. They were confident, evidenced excellent research abilities and demonstrated their ability to articulate their passion for art.”

Begun in 2006 at the New Art Centre, Roche Court as a tribute to the art historian Kenneth Clark, the ARTiculation Prize has become an increasingly popular annual event, with a record number of schools participating this year. Designed to help young people develop their personal response to artworks as well as their own analytical, research and public speaking skills, the ARTiculation Prize is awarded to a sixth form student who can share with the listeners a deeper insight of and enthusiasm for their selected artwork, through a 10-minute presentation about any artwork, architecture or design of personal interest.

From the eight regional finalists, the winner of the northern regional heat was Ella Weeks, from Benton Park School in Leeds, who presented on Dmitri Vrubel’s My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love, 1990. Second place went to Sophie Lowe, from Wakefield Girls’ High School, who introduced the audience to her own art practice with a presentation on Barbara Hepworth: The Hospital Drawings. Third place was awarded to Breeze Harrison, from Airedale Academy in Castleford, who spoke about Dana Schutz’s, Shaving, 2010, which she first encountered on a school trip to The Hepworth Wakefield.

Natalie Walton, Head of Learning at The Hepworth Wakefield said: “It’s been great to see Yorkshire leading the way in the northern heat, with four schools from Wakefield and Leeds - Wakefield Girls High School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Airedale Academy and Benton Park School in Leeds. I’ve been impressed by the outstanding quality of the presentations and it’s wonderful to hear how visits to The Hepworth Wakefield have helped to inspire youngsters from the region, with two presentations about the Dana Schutz and Barbara Hepworth exhibitions. I hope that people will tune in to Monday’s BBC Culture Show broadcast and find out more for themselves about this great nationwide initiative for young people.”