Today is Giving Tuesday and the launch of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s largest match funding campaign

We are thrilled once again to be part of this nationwide initiative. Now we need your support to help us raise £8,000 in just seven days. Artichoke’s mission has always been to make extraordinary art accessible to all. But, did you know that we also produce unique creative workshops and training schemes? Since 2006, over 100,000 people across the UK have taken part in our Learning & Participation programmes, including young people and schoolchildren. Inspiring future generations by encouraging them to explore their imagination is key to what we do. Building on the success of our first-ever Big Give campaign last Christmas, this year we are raising money to fund the second Artichoke Summer School in Tower Hamlets in 2024.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Our generous Champion Funder, The Dormywood Trust, is matching all donations from today until Tuesday 5 December. This means that every pound you donate during the next seven days will be doubled, making your support go even further. Every donation, no matter the size, will have a meaningful impact on our work. 


Thanks to everyone who donated to our 2022 Christmas Challenge, we were able to host our first Artichoke Summer School in August 2023, which saw young people delve into the world of socially-engaged art, with inspiring trips to the Tate Modern, Rabbits Road Press and Shoreditch Street Art Trail, and take part in hands-on creative workshops with artists Tasnim Mahdy, Sahra Hersi and Nadina Ali.

Now we want to follow up with a second Artichoke Summer School. With your support, we will engage local children and young people in a free programme of creative workshops led by local artists. Watch our film to hear from Tasnim Mahdy and get an insight into Artichoke’s 2023 Summer School.

In 2024, your valued support will enable more young Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn about arts & culture and explore their creativity through different artistic mediums, from collage to mural painting.

“During the summer I usually stay at home, in my room, so when I first came to the summer school even though I was anxious I really wanted to make new friends. We went on trips together to places I had never been to before like the Tate Museum and we created art together.” – participant, 2022
“I liked that everyone accepted each other in the Summer School.” – participant, 2022

Artichoke Summer School August 2023
Artichoke Summer School, August 2023. Photo by Rob Hill

Your support will help more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds discover their creativity. Please consider donating to us from today until 5 December to help us reach our £8,000 target. You can donate via the button below from today until 12:00, 5 December. Any donation, small or large, will make a difference. If you have any questions about The Big Give or if you would like to talk to us before deciding whether to make a donation, please contact: