artichoketrust / Artichoke

Artichoke Trust was founded in 2005. Our aim is to work with artists to create extraordinary, large-scale events that appeal to the widest possible audience. We don’t believe the arts should take place only behind the closed doors of theatres or art galleries. Instead, we put on shows in unusual places: in the streets, public spaces or in the countryside.

Since 2006, Artichoke has produced five large-scale events across the country, from London to Liverpool; from light festivals to giant mechanical spiders. Nearly all our events are free to attend, and attract members of the public in thousands.

As a registered charity, we rely on grants, donations and sponsors to fund our events, and run a donors scheme called Artichoke Hearts. We also work as consultants.

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Huffduffed (3)

  1. City Limits: Live from the Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool

    The second public conversation about the nature and use of public space in the Sky Arts Artichoke Salon Series.

    Are large-scale public events nothing more than a waste of resources and a drain on the public purse? Or does creating a shared and special history by galvanizing a community far outweigh the disruption and cost?

    In the wake of Liverpool ‘08 (European Capital of Culture) and as the 6th Liverpool Biennial explored the impact of art on a city, curator and writer Tim Marlow chaired a panel of provocative speakers who explored the impact of art on a city in this public conversation to consider the true legacy of the programme of events that transformed Liverpool.

    In the mysterious underground kingdom of The Williamson Tunnels the debate examined the true impact that the programme of cultural events in Liverpool has had on the city and its inhabitants, asking whether a city can still produce events of the kind seen in Liverpool during 2008, particularly during these straitened times during a recession.


    Lewis Biggs Artistic Director, Liverpool Biennial

    Helen King Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside Police

    Helen Marriage Co-Director, Artichoke

    The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool

    Tim Marlow (Chair), Curator and Broadcaster

    —Huffduffed by artichoketrust