A talented student from City of Wolverhampton College has proved her public speaking prowess after impressing judges in a regional art competition.

Emily Bowden, age 17, was awarded third place in the Roche Court Educational Trust ARTiculation event, which was held at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham on February 27.

The Art and Design student presented a 12 minute talk on Roy Lichtenstein, a leading figure in the Pop Art movement, after being selected by the Wolverhampton Art Gallery to represent them in the competition.

Her presentation on Purist Painting with Bottles, a bold painting showing abstracted bottles, a cocktail glass and other shapes, was deemed “fascinating” by judges.

Emily said: “I chose to talk about the painting, because it is part of the art gallery’s collection, so it’s part of Wolverhampton.

“The competition was a great experience. They had never had an entrant from Wolverhampton before so I was really surprised to come third.”

Lecturer Claire Henderson added: “This is the first time the gallery has been selected to send someone to this event, so it was a real honour for them to choose one of our students. Emily gave an excellent talk and should be very proud of her achievement.”

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for City Economy, said: “Public speaking is a real skill and Emily did really well to get through to the regional finals. Well done Emily for championing Wolverhampton and the gallery.”

ARTiculation is a national event designed 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. The initiative is designed to stimulate students’ interest and understanding of art, while developing individual thinking, observation, research, language and presentation skills.

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