Alice by Mark Titchner (UK)

Over 2000 bookmarks with the words, “I would like to go and study volcanoes” by Alice Sanchez (aged 14) will be concealed inside library books throughout Hull. 


The reference to learning seems entirely appropriate as a hidden message as spaces to study disappear from our society, given the recent cuts on educational policy, tuition and the huge library closures across the UK. These small, subtle artworks invite people to search or accidentally discover them, where the art can be taken away and into new spaces. 


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“Cool! I really like the idea of the bookmarks. I feel strange and can’t believe that something I wrote is going to be turned into art, but it’s a good feeling. I like how the colours represent what I want, which is to study volcanoes. I expect people will react in lots of different ways, like: “Huh! What's this?” or “Ooh, a bookmark!” Different reactions will be a good thing. I didn't even notice that Mark has used my handwriting! It gives the artwork character and the writing shows parts of the person who wrote it”.


“I love volcanoes, because they are beautiful, powerful, and remind me that humans aren't the most powerful things on Earth. Volcanoes are everywhere. They are deadly and beautiful. I love them, because they have shaped the Earth. I love them, because they are on other planets in the universe, and even on one of Saturn's moons. They used to be on Mars as well, but now they are all extinct”.

Words by Alice Sanchez, aged 14 from Hornsea.

Bookmarks will be hidden across twelve libraries in Hull: Hull Central Library, Freedom Centre Library, Holderness Road Library, Ings Library, Longhill Library, Waudby Library, Greenwood Avenue Library, Bransholme Library, Avenues Library, Fred Moore Library, Gipsyville Library and Western Library.


What I want more than anything else by Mark Titchner is commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in partnership with Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service, Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Lancashire County Council.