Helen Marriage

Visionary at the intersection of communication and transformation

Opening keynote at the IABC World Conference, Helen Marriage, will speak to the discoveries and revelations that lie at the intersection of art, politics, communication and transformation.

Helen Marriage was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard, from 2012-­2013.

Bringing dreams and ambitions to life

In the UK she is the Artistic Director of Artichoke, which she founded with Nicky Webb in 2005. Artichoke is one of the UK’s leading independent production companies working to  transform  landscapes  and  expectations  through  its  unique  way  of  realising  the ambitions of artists and the dreams of the public.

Communication on a massive scale

Over the last nine years Artichoke has produced some of the UK’s most talked about large­scale art events ranging from Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant, which saw central  London  come  to  a  standstill  with  over  1,000,000  spectators,  through  Antony Gormley’s  Fourth  Plinth  project  One  &  Other,  to  Peace  Camp  made  by  international theatre director Deborah Warner and actor Fiona Shaw for the London 2012 Olympic Festival.  Artichoke’s  biennial  festival  celebrating  the  power  of  light,  Lumiere,  has become an international sensation, drawing visitors from across the globe to the wintry darkness of Northern England.

A legacy of transformation

Artichoke’s  interests  lie  at  the  conjunction  of  art,  politics,  communication  and transformation. By creating a platform for an artist’s most impossible ideas and inserting their  work  into  the  everyday  life  of  society,  Artichoke  achieves  high  impact  through massive unexpected disruption to daily life. This work has taken the company into an examination of the nature of control over the public domain and the ways in which our cities and landscapes can be re­imagined, if only temporarily. It is the company’s belief that while its transformation of the landscape is ephemeral, the  transformation of the individual witness leaves a permanent legacy.

Miracle of modern British culture

Helen’s  previous work  has  included a  seven-­year period as Director of the Salisbury Festival, which she transformed from a local event into what The Times described as a ‘miracle of modern British  culture’. She was previously Director of Arts & Events at Canary Wharf  for  property developers  Olympia & York, and an Associate Director  of both the London International Festival of Theatre and Arts admin.

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