The partnership aims to encourage youngsters from all backgrounds to get involved and to help reach a more diverse audience who might think that “art” is not relevant in their own everyday lives. 

During the last six months, Mark Titchner has spent time with a panel of young people aged between 13 and 25 living in Hull to creatively explore the question: “What is it that you want more than anything else?

Titchner’s new artworks will consist of sound art, screen-based work and a large text-based outdoor banner, for which the artist is renowned. The artwork will be unveiled at Hull Central Library, with a ‘live’ text mural being painted inside on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March. Meet the artist at the official launch on Saturday 25 March, which include live music by popular Hull band, Bud Sugar, along with free food and refreshments.

The text painting competition, launched by Titchner on behalf of Networked Narrative, opens-up the question “What is it that you want more than anything else?” to all 11-14 year olds living in Hull, giving them an opportunity to express their own ideas and see their work displayed alongside the renowned artist. 

Entries will be judged by Titchner, along with members from Bud Sugar, Hull Daily Mail journalist arts and culture columnist, Calvin Innes and a representative from the James Reckitt Library Trust.

Commenting on the launch of the art competition, Titchner said:

“We wanted to open up the wider project to a younger audience, whose views on the world and their own communities are rarely heard, especially by the established art world. The competition is open to all 11-14 year olds living in Hull and we’re really looking forward to seeing the entries as they come in”.

“All the entries submitted to this competition will be on display throughout Hull Central Library and will form an important part of the exhibition, revealing a unique insight into the hopes and aspirations of young people in Hull. Art can be a very powerful medium through which to express views and emotions, and we hope this competition ignites lots of conversation and gets young people engaged in both this project and the arts generally.” 

The winner will be presented with a framed certificate signed by Mark Titchner at the Networked Narrative public launch event on Saturday 25 March, a £100 Hobby Craft gift card for their school art department/youth group organisation and a £20 gift voucher for themselves. Two runner-ups will also be presented with signed certificates and invited to the public launch event.

The deadline for entries is Saturday 4 March.

For more information about the rules and how to enter, please click here.

For more information, please contact Matthew Soare, Enterprise & IP Librarian from Hull Central Library on 01482 613412 or email

Networked Narrative is a partnership project made up of FACT, Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Lancashire County Council and Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd. Working with local partners Artlink, Burnley Central Library, Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley College, Wigan’s Youth Voice and Engagement Team, Gateway, Wigan’s S.T.E.A.M, Wigan Council and Wigan Libraries.

With support of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and James Reckitt Library Trust, Networked Narrative uses art and technology to empower and inspire young people, working in libraries and communities across the North.