“If you enrich a space people feel much happier and work better; a very good way of doing this is by using art.” – Dr Craig Knight, University of Exeter
Tired of looking at plain walls and computer screens? Why not enliven your office environment through the use of art? Below are some simple steps you can take to do so.
Analyse your needs, goals and constraints
Is the art meant to bring cheer to employees or to serve as a talking point for clients? Or both? Office art can improve employee productivity and retention; it can also serve to impress and engage clients.
In addition, you should think carefully about your company’s brand image and the budget you have available.
Build an experience around the artwork
Think carefully about the physical, sensory and emotional space around the artwork. Where will it be located: is it meant to be in a quiet corner of the office to allow for peaceful reflection? What stories do you want to be built around the artwork? Which feelings should the pieces evoke?
For example, Deutsche Bank has some 60,000 art pieces across its 900 offices worldwide and focuses on contemporary art to convey the idea of “things which are innovative and spontaneous”.
Co-create the space with your stakeholders
Involve key stakeholders like employees or clients in the process. There are many ways to do this. Some companies turn the process of selecting the artworks into opportunities for team-building by holding events where food and drinks are provided as employees review the options. Other companies leverage on online tools with which employees vote for their favourite pieces accompanied with ‘live’ results and message boards, making for a great way for employee engagement.
Interested in taking this further?
At the Humble Gallery, we support local artists from East London and would be happy to work with you to see how their works can be a good fit for your business needs. We offer you access to new, emerging artists who would also benefit from your support.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about our artists or see their works in person.