Articulation was established by the Roche Court Educational Trust, a small independent arts education charity, in 2006
The Articulation initiative was established in 2006 by the Roche Court Educational Trust (RCET), thanks to the vision and inspiration of Madeleine Bessborough, Director of the New Art Centre, Lucy Salisbury, founding Head of the Education programme at Roche Court and RCET Trustee, Laurence Wolff.
Originally the competition was conceived as a tribute to the art historian Kenneth Clark, in honour of his commitment to the study and promotion of the arts. In 2006, several local schools were invited to the New Art Centre at Roche Court , Wiltshire to deliver the first Articulation presentations to an audience of their peers and an adjudicator.
By 2009, Articulation had become a national competition partnering with Clare College, at the University of Cambridge where the first national finals were adjudicated by Antony Gormley.
The initiative has developed over the years in collaboration with many schools, universities, galleries and museums in the UK, Ireland and Singapore. Articulation now involves thousands of students each year in its competition and outreach programmes and has developed an active Alumni network supporting careers within the arts.