Artichoke works with artists to invade our public spaces

Artichoke produces extraordinary and ambitious ephemeral 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. We don’t believe the arts should take place only behind the closed doors of theatres, concert halls or galleries. Instead, you will find us working in the street, public squares, along the coast or in the countryside.

From London to Liverpool, Durham and Derry~Londonderry, we have transformed people and places across the UK. Bringing communities together through our learning and participation work, we leave a legacy of skills and newfound potential behind.

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The Sultan's Elephant, Royal de Luxe, 2006. Produced by Artichoke in London. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

“Artichoke: a rare and inspirational mix of creative energy and sheer professional competence. They have never ducked a challenge.”

~ Antony Gormley ~