Safety in Numbers: Reclaiming public spaces through the work of Artichoke

An Art, Architecture and Design Session hosted by CREATURE.

What is the role of mass gatherings in reclaiming public spaces in light of the Covid pandemic? This roundtable discussion will explore the work of Artichoke, the UK's leading producers of ambitious public art events, as a case study to envision new strategies, through which public spaces may be creatively reimagined and rediscovered.

Building on CREATURE's ongoing research project with Artichoke, the event will summarise some of the initial findings of this exploration, reflecting on modes of adaptation and temporary disruption of public spaces: it will draw on the exciting 15-year portfolio of Artichoke's works, including landmark projects such as The Sultan's Elephant, Lumiere Festival and PROCESSIONS.

The panel, hosted by Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso (Reader in Art & Performance and Project Lead), will feature Artichoke's Artistic Director and CEO Helen Marriage, Emily Turner (Artichoke's Trusts & Foundations Manager), Dr Kirsten Jeske Thompson (Research Co-Author) and public art researcher Dr Anna Kim.

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. Artichoke doesn’t believe the arts should take place only behind the closed doors of theatres, concert halls or galleries. Instead, you will find them working in the street, public squares, along the coast or in the countryside. From London to Liverpool, Durham and Derry~Londonderry, they have transformed people and places across the UK. Bringing communities together through their learning and participation work, they leave a legacy of skills and newfound potential behind.

Image: The Sultan's Elephant, Royal de Luxe, 2006. Produced by Artichoke in London. Photo by Sophie Laslett.

A large sculpture of an elephant among a crowd of people


Date/time Wednesday 20 October 2021, from 5.30pm to 7pm GMT
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