Sunday 25 March 2018 to Wednesday 28 March 2018

Synopsis of the Talk and Discussion

Artichoke is the UK’s leading creative producer of outdoor arts events. Taking on whole cities, they work with artists to create extraordinary shows that open the arts to the widest audience possible. Artichoke believe in the power of art to transform places and people’s lives, inspiring an appetite for large-scale public arts events of a kind now recognised and embraced internationally.

Drawing on case studies based on Artichoke projects, sessions will include a presentation delivered by Helen Marriage, Artichoke’s founder and Artistic Director, which will explore some of the large ambitious physical interventions the company have undertaken.

This will be followed by a workshop delivered by Artichoke’s Senior Producer Kate Harvey focusing on the creation of a future four day festival in the public realm in the local area. Through interactive activities, participants will be asked to question and think about the various elements they might need to consider in order to actualise a new festival.

Events dates and locations
City Date & Time Location
Dubai Sunday March 25th 11am - 1pm  University of Middlesex Knowledge Village
Tuesday March 27th 12.30-2.30    Dubai Design and Fashion Council D3


 Tues March 27th 7pm-9pm  The Garden Circle Tashkeel, Meydan, Dubai


Sharjah  Wed March 28th 10am-12am   Fikra Design Studio Sharjah
Abu Dhabi  Wed March 28th 6.30PM-8.30PM  Warehouse 421 Abu Dhabi


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About Artichoke

Artichoke was founded in 2005 with the mission “to create extraordinary events in the public realm that would stay in the memory forever.”. The organisation shot to prominence with the ground-breaking presentation of Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant in central London in May 2006. The Lumiere Festival was also created by Artichoke in 2009 in response to an invitation from Durham County Council to create a free event in the city centre to animate the dark nights with a festival of light art.  The 2017 Lumiere was the fifth edition of this festival produced by Artichoke.  A programme of 30 artworks by leading international and national artists installed in the streets of the medieval city attracted audiences of 250,000 to the city over the four nights of the festival. The festival is preceded by detailed work with around 1500 individuals from local communities and school groups who are invited to work with artists to inspire the content for unique artworks, or contribute directly to the creation of pieces.