On Saturday 7 March, Upper Sixth Former Thomas Leung spoke as one of the ten finalists in the national final of the prestigious ARTiculate Prize Competition. He had previously won the West Midlands heat, held at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, to make his way to the final.
Thomas delivered a very personal speech in which he explained how he had been inspired since the age of four by the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern. The final took place at Clare College, Cambridge and was adjudicated by Dr Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain. Thomas was placed third, beating students from Rugby School, Marlborough College, Cheltenham Ladies College, University College School, Chigwell School, Benenden School and Highgate School. He won a generous cash prize and an Art Fund pass. It is likely that Thomas will be called back to give talks in other educational settings and to assist with future ARTiculation conferences. This is a great achievement in a nationwide competition.
Thomas is an exciting, critical thinker. His presentation was engaging and well researched. It was well-paced and a pleasure to listen to; he has a great, natural delivery.Dr Penelope Curtis
His fascination with the Turbine Hall has fuelled Thomas’ passion for architecture and he now plans to read Architecture at Cambridge next year, having been awarded a (conditional) place at Magdalene College.