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A temple sculpture on fire

ISAN Member Artichoke has been awarded £750,000 in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence programme towards its next project, London’s Burning, the centrepiece of the Great Fire of London 350th anniversary commemorations later this year. Artichoke creates large scale events and most recently produced Lumiere London which attracted an estimated audience of more than 1 million.

The project is a collaboration between Artichoke, Burning Man in the USA, the UK and European “burner” community and award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock.

Unemployed young Londoners from boroughs surrounding the City will work with Artichoke to help design and fabricate an extraordinary, sculptural representation of 17th-century London. This will then be set alight as the climax to the commemorations.

Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Arts Council England is supporting Artichoke’s latest project to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London. Together with support from the City of London Corporation, this Ambition for Excellence award gives the company a rare opportunity to work on a historic event, one whose impact was felt far beyond the City of London, throughout the UK and beyond. We are looking forward to exploring the significance of that moment through the imagination of artists and examining its lasting impact on the architecture, outlook and infrastructure of this and other great world cities.”

Read more about the award here.

Pic: Temple by David Best, produced by Artichoke for Derry~Londonderry. Credit: Matthew Andrews 2015