The text painting competition, launched today by Titchner on behalf of Networked Narrative, opens-up the question “What I want more than anything else?” to those aged 25 and under living across the Wigan borough, giving them an opportunity to express their own ideas and see their work displayed alongside the renowned artist. The borough includes: Leigh, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Ince-in-Makerfield, Hindley, Orrell, Standish, Atherton, Tyldesley, Golborne, Lowton, Billinge, Astley, Haigh and Aspull.

Organised by Networked Narrative this competition is an exciting arts partnership formed between Inspiring healthy lifestyles in Wigan and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, 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 partnership aims to encourage youngsters, aged 13-25, 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 twelve months, Mark Titchner has spent time with a group of young people aged between 12 and 17 living in Wigan to creatively explore the question: “What I want more than anything else?”

Titchner’s new artworks will consist of flags, screensavers, murals, videos and large text-based outdoor banners, for which the artist is renowned. To celebrate the artworks being unveiled across libraries and public locations across Wigan and Leigh, an official launch will take place at Wigan S.T.E.A.M on Saturday 10 June, 12.00pm - 3.30pm, which include young dancers from WigLe Dance doing a dance interpretation to the question, live music by up-and-coming musicians, alongside with free food and refreshments.

Entries will be judged by Titchner; Wigan Evening Post & Wigan Today Editor, Janet Wilson; Sean Aidley, Business Development Manager of Fleet Dynamic, sponsors of the artworks in Wigan and Leigh, and a representative from Wigan Council.

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 those aged 25 and under living in the Wigan borough 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 Wigan S.T.E.A.M and will form an important part of the exhibition, revealing a unique insight into the hopes and aspirations of young people from across the Wigan area. 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 10 June, 12.00 noon - 3.30pm and a £50 Hobby Craft gift card and £25 iTunes gift card for themselves. Two runner-ups will be presented with signed certificates, a £25 iTunes gift card and invitation to the public launch event.

One lucky person will also be invited to the launch and awarded a prize, specifically selected by Fleet Dynamic, sponsors of the artworks in Wigan and Leigh.

If you want to enter, but don't have the materials to create your painting, come to our banner making workshops on:

31 May, 11am - 2pm at Wigan S.T.E.A.M  Book your place
1 June, 11am - 2pm
at Wigan S.T.E.A.M   Book your place
3 June, 11am- 2pm at The Turnpike, Leigh  Book your place

The deadline for entries is Saturday 3 June before 3pm.
How to enter

Deliver artworks (by post or hand) to:
Networked Narrative, Text Art Competition, S.T.E.A.M, Library Street WN1 1NN

S.T.E.A.M Opening hours:
Tue 10am-3pm | Wed 7-9pm | Thu 10am - 3pm Sat 10am-4pm | Closed Sun, Mon, Fri

If you have any questions, please contact Helen Seddon, Inspiring healthy lifestyles on 01942 488 496 or email [email protected]