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Plexus C23, Gabriel Dawe. Installed at Capital One Offices, Virginia. Photography courtesy of the artist

07.06.22 | Art Pharmacy, Artist

Why you need art in your workplace

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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. 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.

See some Corporate Art Collections we have curated below:

Cloud Flora Baroque, James McGrath. Installed in a Melbourne Corporate Office. Photography: Rochelle Eagle

Golden Animal, Troy Emery. Installed at Deloitte, Melbourne. Photography: Rochelle Eagle.

Crash Diptych, Jonathan Ben-Tovim. Installed at Deloitte, Melbourne. Photography: Rochelle Eagle.

Illusive Thoughts, Adela Kusur. Installed at Goldfields, Melbourne. Photography: Claire Armstrong.

Free Fall, Anne-Marie May. Installed at Deloitte, Melbourne. Photography: Rochelle Eagle.

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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.

Glow 5, Kapwani Kiwanga and Elizabeth McIntosh, Tangle Rectangle. Installed at the Royal Bank of Canada. Photography: Jonathan Bassett

Agenda, Ohn Armleder. Installed at UBS Headquarters, Zurich. Photography: Martin Rutschi.

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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 emphasise the art narrative to visually convey 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?

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