Cameron’s poignant artwork featured the words, “I want to make the homeless happy,” -  which was selected from over 100 shortlisted entries.

The text art competition was part of wider public artwork exhibition entitled “What I want more than anything else,” launched on Saturday 10 June. It features largely text-based artworks and slogans at public spaces throughout Wigan borough, reflecting young people's responses to the question ‘What is it that you want more than anything else?’

Paintings were judged by Titchner, along with Wigan Evening Post & Wigan Today Editor, Janet Wilson and Sean Aidley of Fleet Dynamic, sponsors of the artworks in Wigan and Leigh.

Cameron was presented with a signed, framed certificate from Mark Titchner and £50 JD Sports gift vouchers. Commenting on his big competition win, Cameron said:

“I’m so surprised and happy to have won. The theme of the competition really got me thinking about what I most want for the future. It upsets me to see so many homeless people on the streets, especially near my home so I decided to make my painting about that.”

Artist and judge, Mark Titchner, said: “The entries were fantastic and we were moved by many of the artworks submitted. Cameron’s work stood out for me, because of his kindness, where he has captured his observations and true concerns for the homeless”.

The project was masterminded by Titchner and Networked Narrative, an exciting arts partnership formed between FACT (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, Wigan’s Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service and Lancashire County Council, which offers young people the chance to work closely with renowned artists and have a say over the art displayed in public community spaces.

The public art project has involved 13-25 year olds from across Wigan, working with the former Turner Prize nominee, Mark Titchner, to make their thoughts and opinions visible in public spaces. 

The public art project has involved 13-25 year olds from across Wigan, working with the former Turner Prize nominee, Mark Titchner, to make their thoughts and opinions visible in public spaces.

Networked Narrative is a partnership project led by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) with Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service, Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Lancashire County Council. Working with supporting partners: Artlink, AGMA, APCOA Parking, Burnley Central Library, Burnley College, BPRCVS Young Carers (Burnley, Pendle & Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service), Burnley Youth Theatre, Fleet Dynamics, GMCA, Grand Arcade Wigan, James Reckitt Library Trust, Leigh Sports Village, Newbridge Community Learning, The Old Courts, The Turnpike, Wigan’s Youth Voice and Engagement Team, Gateway, Wigan Council, Wigan Libraries, Wigan & Leigh College, WigLe Dance and Wigan S.T.E.A.M.

What I want more than anything else by Mark Titchner is a public art project commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool.

Fleet Dynamic a privately owned, family business are sponsors of the What I want more than anything else artworks in Wigan & Leigh.

With support of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund, Networked Narrative uses art and technology to empower and inspire young people, working in libraries and communities across the North.

What I want more than anything else will be exhibited at Wigan S.T.E.A.M from June 10 until 27 August.
Further artworks will be exhibited throughout Wigan and Leigh until 31 December 2017.

If you're aged 25 and under, live or study in Burnley and have been inspired by this article, why not enter our 'text art' competition! Deadline: Saturday 8 July before 3pm. How to enter