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[Artichoke] are one of the most vital of theatrical forces.

Susanna Clapp, The Guardian

Artichoke is unique: a company that works with some brilliant artists to bring a little magic to people’s lives. Projects like La Machine in Liverpool, Antony Gormley’s One & Other in London or their recent Lumiere light festival in Durham have brought the power of art to thousands of people who wouldn’t necessarily set foot in a theatre or concert hall. They’re an invaluable part of the cultural fabric of the UK, especially in the run up to the Olympics in 2012.

Ruth Mackenzie, OBE, Director, Cultural Olympiad

At Arts Council England, our mission is to support great art for everyone. We believe that the arts broaden people’s horizons, help to make connections and inspire and sustain the spirit and we don’t believe that art needs to take place in buildings to do this. Our support for Artichoke reflects our beliefs and recognizes the important role that the company plays in creating and presenting extraordinary work that speaks to the widest possible audiences in the most exciting ways.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director London, Arts Council England

In a city full of wonderful experiences, Artichoke have been responsible for some of the most astonishing and talked about events of the last few years. Who can forget the brilliance of the Sultan's Elephant – it seemed to weave a magical spell as it brought central London to a standstill, as thousands of strangers came together, bewitched by its slow parade. And in helping to realise Antony Gormley's project for the Fourth Plinth they put ordinary people from across the country right at the centre of art. Artichoke exemplifies Britain's creativity and ability to shock, surprise and tantalise.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Artichoke: a rare and inspirational mix of creative energy and sheer professional competence. They have never ducked a challenge. One & Other meant not simply putting 2400 people 22 foot up on an old granite block in Trafalgar Square but creating all the conditions in which this could be realised: administrative and human. They did it, sourced and resourced it and made it feel good for both participants and facilitators. This is more than dedication; it is inspiration. They were a pleasure to work with, tireless and unsparing in their dedication to making the project as good as it could possibly be, but always ready for a laugh: wonderful, clever, funny and fun.

Antony Gormley

At Sky, we’re always looking for new, innovative ways to entertain, inform and inspire. When we met Artichoke, we understood immediately that we’d found a likeminded organisation and that, together, we could create fresh, surprising and exciting projects that would bring more people to the arts. And that’s exactly what we did with Antony Gormley’s One & Other project in Trafalgar Square and with the Lumiere project in Durham last year.

Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive, Sky