How can a workplace filled with beautiful art, culture and creativity inspire more positive encounters and better mental wellbeing?
A thoughtfully curated art collection within the workplace plays a much larger role than just filling empty walls. Many organisations today are harnessing the power of art collections and truly understanding their potential to inspire creative problem-solving within the workplace.
Art as Wellbeing
After two years that saw working from home as the new norm, right now it is more important than ever to elevate workspaces through carefully curated art collections as a means of promoting wellbeing in the workplace. Art creates a more pleasurable transition to being in the workplace again, and environments that are enhanced through creativity have been proven to benefit the employee experience in many ways.
Art as Inspiration
First of all, it is undeniable that being surrounded by quality works has a beneficial impact on how you feel in that space – art’s aesthetic value affects the personal experiences of those immersed in it. Therefore, introducing curated art collections into the workplace both facilitates more meaningful encounters and creates inspiring and elevated spaces.
Art Facilitating Productivity
Art in the office can also spark imagination and initiate discussions among employees, clients and visitors – this unlocks the limitless power of creativity and creative problem solving within the workplace, and can liberate the mind. The conditions of working from home lack the healthy communal and social aspects of the workplace – encouraging creative conversations boosts workplace culture, strengthens connections, reduces stress and improves mental wellbeing.
“Art builds. Art questions. Art transcends borders. Art works.” — Deutsche Bank
Art as Strategy
Corporate art collecting as strategy is gaining popularity, with more and more organisations understanding the immense value of buying and displaying works and supporting artists. Notably, the German investment bank, Deutsche, has the largest collection of corporate art in the world, housing around 60,000 works of art across 900 offices internationally.
Through thoughtfully curated collections, the displays can also visually communicate the company’s culture and values – bright colours could symbolise excitement, a large presence of female artists could suggest the organisation’s commitment to gender representation, and works in unconventional media could highlight innovation and creativity.
Art as Necessity
Well-curated art that speaks to an organisation’s goals, values and aspirations can do more than just fill a wall – it can transform the workplace into spaces that facilitate creative problem-solving. Art in the workplace has come a long way since motivational posters. The increasing awareness of its beneficial impact on wellbeing will hopefully see more creative and beautiful workplaces.
At Art Pharmacy, we are currently working with artists and organisations to thoughtfully put together corporate collections that spark inspiration and promote wellbeing. We are passionate about elevating the “E” in “ESG”. Through art activations, we emphasise the culture and identity of the organisation, and to offer opportunities for engagement and participation.
Will securing and displaying art become a growing priority for companies of the future to benefit wellbeing in the office?