Helen Marriage is the Director of Artichoke, an arts production charity, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. Artichoke works with artists to reimagine public spaces, aiming to appeal to the widest possible audience. Artichoke works with artists to create extraordinary and ambitious public art in cities, the countryside and on coastlines around the UK. They have created some of the most celebrated outdoor art in recent times, including the Lumiere light festivals, The Sultan’s Elephant, Antony Gormley’s One & Other Fourth Plinth commission and PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork celebrating 100 years since some women won the right to vote. Before founding Artichoke, Helen’s previous work included a seven-year period as Director of the Salisbury Festival, which she transformed from a local affair to what The Times described as a ‘miracle of modern British culture’.
In 2012, Helen was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from Harvard Graduate School of Design, a prestigious fellowship awarded to individuals working in urban design and planning. Her appointment acknowledged the impact Artichoke has made on the way public art events are negotiated and staged. She also holds an honorary fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and was awarded an MBE for services to the arts in 2016’s New Year’s Honours list.