Advanced Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Fine Art and Art and Design students and teachers have been collaborating with the acclaimed artist and FACT Liverpool to produce a collection of artworks to be displayed around Burnley, including the Central Library, Youth Theatre and Market Hall. As part of the project, a blank wall at the College, in Princess Way, Burnley is to be transformed on Wednesday 27 September with the final brush strokes to be made at the College’s first Open Event of 2017.
Talented Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Art and Design students have been working closely with Mark Titchner on the project – on the theme ‘What I Want More Than Anything Else’ - since its inception. The experience has helped several students progress to study Art at university, including Imogen Smith who is studying Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University and plans to become an Art Therapist after studying for an MA. Ellie Towers and Nicole Stuff are now both studying Fine Art at Liverpool John Moores University.
Mark was chosen as the artist at the helm of this project by young people aged 16 to 24 from the North West on the basis of his proposed idea, which makes the thoughts and opinions of young people visible in public spaces across Burnley, Wigan and Hull.
Student Imogen Smith said:
“It was a great privilege to work with Mark. He helped our group come up with ideas and produce work that pushed our abilities and his influence helped me with my work outside of this project, too. FACT Liverpool were great in organising workshops and it wasreally inspiring to work with my College tutors and friends on art that is on public display in Burnley and around the North West.”
Artist Mark Titchner said:
“By reaffirming the importance of the individual voice, by placing it in the heart of their towns, I hope we can reclaim the public realm as a place for debate, storytelling and shared experiences.”
Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Principal Hugh Bramwell said:
“FACT has enabled a huge number of aspiring and upcoming artists to share their inspiring work throughout the UK and it was a great privilege for our own budding artists to have been able to work with them to create something personal for the public domain. Mark Titchner has been a great mentor for the group and our tutors have been outstanding in organising and supporting this unique opportunity.
”We are delighted that Mark will be creating a piece of artwork for the Burnley College Sixth Form Centre that will be a lasting legacy of this excellent project and look forward to seeing the finished piece of artwork.
“It is fitting that the artwork will be completed during our first Open Event of 2017, which runs from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Wednesday 27 September, when it can be admired by an even larger audience.”