Tate Modern, London

  • Tim Marlow

    Curator and Broadcaster (Chair)

  • Mark Quinn


  • Janet Street-Porter

    Vice President of the Ramblers' Association

  • Ruth Mackenzie

    Director of the Cultural Olympiad

  • Sir Ian Blair

    Former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

  • Sarah Gaventa

    CABE Director of Public Space 

  • Gus Casely-Hayford

    Cultural Historian

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Artichoke’s work is central to the ongoing debate about how our cities and spaces are run.

From The Sultan’s Elephant to Antony Gormley’s One & Other in Trafalgar Square, our projects positively aim to disrupt the routine and rhythm of daily life. The use of public space is highly contested, particularly given that it is being increasingly privatised. While events of certain stature, like marathons or military celebrations, are permitted to close roads and disrupt the daily routine, culture is often left by the wayside. This discussion offered a fresh perspective on the right of art to impact public places and spaces.

Produced in collaboration with Intelligence Squared.