Young people in Hull aged 11-14 have been challenged to take part in a prestigious painting competition as part of a public art commission to be unveiled at Hull Central Library on 25 March. The competition is looking for anyone who fits into the age-bracket to get involved, no matter what their perceived artistic ability may be. This is about being creative, expressing ideas and taking part.
All paintings entered will be displayed throughout the library, alongside commissioned works by acclaimed British artist and previous Turner Prize nominee, Mark Titchner, whose contemporary pieces of work often feature bold, thought provoking pieces of text. The competition has been launched by Networked Narrative, an exciting arts partnership formed between Hull Culture & Leisure Ltd and FACT (Foundation for Arts 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.
I was delighted to be asked to sit on a panel of judges for the competition in my role as an artist and culture columnist alongside Titchner himself, members from Hull band, Bud Sugar and a representative from the James Reckitt Library Trust. Together we will be picking through, assessing and studying the entries before selecting the winners and runners up. Having worked on creative projects at several schools in and around the city I personally can’t wait to get started and see what Hull’s young people can come up with.
The winner will be presented with a framed certificate signed by Mark Titchner, a £100 Hobby Craft gift card for their school art department or youth group organisation and a £20 gift voucher for themselves. Two runner-ups will also be presented with signed certificates and invited to the public launch event.
Posing the question “What is it that you want more than anything else?” the competition provides children a rare opportunity to express their ideas, think creatively and see their work displayed alongside a renowned artist.
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. We’re really looking forward to seeing the entries as they come in”.
The deadline for entries is Saturday 4th March, so if you have children aged between 11 and 14, head down to the library and encourage them to get creative. Schools are also encouraged to take part, so if you feel that your child’s school may be interest, please spread the word and encourage them to get involved in this rare opportunity.