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 or studying across Burnley, giving them an opportunity to express their own ideas and see their work displayed alongside the renowned artist. 

Organised by Networked Narrative this competition is an exciting arts partnership formed between Lancashire County Council 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 eighteen months, Mark Titchner has spent time with a group of young people aged between 16 and 24 living or sudying in Burnley to creatively explore the question: “What I want more than anything else?”

Titchner’s new artworks will consist of flags, murals, videos and large text-based outdoor banners, for which the artist is renowned. Burnley Library will host the grand finale and official launch of What I want more than anything else with a large installation of flags assembled at the Place de Vitry (Peace Gardens) on Saturday 15 July, 12-3pm, which include live music by up-and-coming musicians, alongside with free food and refreshments.

Entries will be judged by Mark TitchnerJulie Bell, Head of Libraries, Museums, Culture and Registrars for Lancashire County Council and Burnley Express Editor, Chris Daggett.

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 or studying in Burnley 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 Burnley Library 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 15 July, 12-3pm and a £50 Hobby Craft gift card and a £50 Waterstones gift voucher for themselves. Two runner-ups will also be presented with signed certificates, a £25 Waterstones gift voucher and invited to the public launch event.

The deadline for entries is Saturday 8 July before 3pm.
How to enter

Deliver artworks (by post or hand) to: 
Networked Narrative, Text Art Competition
Burnley Library, Grimshaw Street, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 2BD

Burnley Library opening hours:
Mon & Thu 9am-7pm, Tue, Wed & Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Closed Sun. 

If you have any questions, please contact Carole Whittle or a member of staff at Burnley Library on telephone 0300 123 6703 or email 

Networked Narrative is a four-year partnership project (2014-2017) led by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) with Lancashire County Council, Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service.