Artichoke produces extraordinary and ambitious transient events that live in the memory forever, transforming people’s lives by changing the way they see the world.
Founded in 2005 by Helen Marriage and Nicky Webb, the company’s aim is to work with artists to create unique, large-scale experiences that appeal to the widest possible audience. They believe that the arts should not take place only behind the closed doors of theatres, concert halls or galleries. Instead, you will find them working in the street, public squares, along the coast or in the countryside.
From London to Liverpool, Durham and Derry~Londonderry, they have transformed people and places across the UK. Bringing communities together through their learning and participation work, they leave a legacy of skills and newfound potential behind.
Lumiere London is a one of many projects produced by Artichoke. It is a world-class light festival which showcases the capital’s spectacular and iconic architecture and streets, with more than 50 works created through the vision of leading UK and international artists.
The free outdoor light festival is the biggest festival of light in London to date. It returned to London for the second time in January 2018 following the success of the first edition in January 2016, when it attracted an estimated 1.3 million visits over four nights in London’s West End, Mayfair and King’s Cross.
Artichoke’s next project, Processions, celebrates one hundred years since the first UK women got the right to vote in the UK. On Sunday 10th of June 2018, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the Processions will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets. One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for Processions as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops. Pastmaster Nigel Pullman long time supporter of Artichoke Trust attended the launch event of Processions, at The Old Bailey: From left, Fiona Adler, Pastmaster Nigel Pullman, Helen Marriage MBE, Director Artichoke, Samantha Bowman, Lady Mayoress, Ann Kenrick OBE, Master The Charterhouse.