The project has been masterminded by Titchner and Networked Narrative, an exciting arts partnership led by FACT with Lancashire County Council and Burnley Library that offers young people the chance to work closely with renowned artists and have a say over the art displayed in public spaces across their hometowns.

What I want more than anything else has involved young individuals from across Burnley, working with the internationally renowned artist, to make their thoughts and opinions visible in public spaces.  The public artworks are a powerful representation of the voices of eleven young people, aged 16-24. Using their handwritten responses to the question, artworks consist of a large installation, banners, flags, screen-based works and murals exhibited in and around Burnley Library, Burnley College, Burnley Market Hall and Burnley Youth Theatre until 31 January 2018.  

The responses from Burnley vary from the deeply personal to everyday wants, including: "I want my family to be happy", "I want to know unknown things about space, time, conspiracies & world secrets" to "I want to make them better again” and “I want no more restlessness".

The official launch took place last Saturday 15 July at Burnley Library, and despite the relentless rain, attracted visitors from all over Lancashire. There will be more new artworks appearing in Burnley Market Hall and Burnley College, and a newly commissioned artwork for the Burnley Library, to be unveiled on Thursday 28 September at 12:30pm.

Commenting on the exhibition, Mark Titchner said: “It’s been a privilege working closely with a group of young people from Burnley. Their responses to the question posed were fascinating and varied from the deeply personal, to everyday wants and global concerns”.  

“I have created a series of artworks designed to give their unique voices a visible public platform – to prompt discussion, comparison or agreement - with the young people’s disparate and forceful voices at the centre.”

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “Showcasing artworks created by renowned British artist, Mark Titchner, in collaboration with young people here in Burnley, is a really powerful way to engage a younger generation, whose opinions and voices matter deeply, and in whose hands lie the future.  

“We are constantly creating opportunities to attract new audiences and visitors to the town’s libraries and this is another great way to do this. We are delighted to display this unique exhibition in the library.”

Image: Mark Titchner, Cordeyleigh, Ellie, Imogen, Isobel, Jasper, Lyndsey, Naomi, Nicole, Olivia, Sarfraz, Aisha, 2017. Place de Vitry, Burnley.

Find more information about Networked Narrative here.