The competition was masterminded by Networked Narrative, an exciting arts partnership formed between Lancashire County Council, Burnley Library and FACT (Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, which challenged young people across Burnley to respond to the question: What is it that you want more than anything else?
The winning pictures are now proudly displayed at Burnley Library and Burnley Youth Theatre alongside the works of the internationally renowned Titchner. Entries were judged by Titchner, along with Julie Bell, Head of Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars for Lancashire County Council, Chris Daggett, editor of the Burnley Express and a young participant from Wigan called Sophie Wareing.
Teigan, who attends Springfield Community Primary School, won over judges with her poignant painting which featured the words, “I want to see my cousin again.” Explaining the meaning behind theartwork, Teigan said: “My cousin only got six months on this earth and I would have liked to have spent more time with her".
Chloe’s powerful artwork - "I want a future" was also a stand-out winner, according to judges, who were struck by the strength of its simplicity. Talking about her painting, Chloe said: “I was thinking about how I want to be able to do something with my life, and how I still want to push myself to strive for the best, even with brexit happening".
The text painting competition was about opening the question to a wider audience and expanding the project, “What I want more than anything else,” which offers young people the chance to work closely with renowned artists and have a say over the art displayed in pubic spaces across their home towns.
The official launch took place on Saturday 15 July at Burnley Library, and despite the relentless rain, attracted visitors from all over Lancashire. There will be more new artworks reclaiming spaces at Burnley Market Hall and Burnley College, with a newly commissioned artwork for the main lending library, to be unveiled on 28 September.
All the text paintings are displayed at Burnley Library and Burnley Youth Theatre until 31 December 2017.
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.
Networked Narrative is a four-year project (2014-2017) made possible with the support of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, which uses art and technology to empower and inspire young people, working in libraries and communities across the North.
For more information, visit fact.co.uk/networked-narrative