One spark and everything changed
On 2 September 1666, fire broke out at Thomas Farriner's bakery on Pudding Lane in London. The fire raged for four days, destroying 13,200 homes and leaving 65,000 people homeless. The speed at which London recovered, and the ways it did so, laid the foundations for the global city we know today.
Great Fire 350 is the official commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. The season of events has been brought together by Artichoke, with founding sponsorship from the City of London Corporation and major support from Arts Council England.
Artichoke was founded by Helen Marriage and Nicky Webb in 2005 with the mission to produce arts projects across the UK and Northern Ireland and "transform people's lives and change the world through extraordinary art".
Working outdoors, since 2006 it has brought ambitious work to audiences of hundreds of thousands, breaking art out of traditional spaces such as galleries and theatres. They also bring together trailblazing individuals from various fields to respond to these projects and to debate the potential of public space. Past projects include Lumiere London, Temple, Peace Camp, and The Sultan's Elephant.