In today’s hectic working world, it can often feel like we’re spending more time in the office than we are in our own homes. It’s therefore becoming increasingly important for employers to do what they can to reduce stress, instil a sense of calm and create an overall better atmosphere, and art is one easy way to inject some life and energy into an otherwise purely functional space.
In our recently commissioned study we discovered over a third (37%) of Londoners think that art should be available in the workspace in a bid to reduce stress and improve productivity – with artwork deemed more desirable than the latest office crazes including sleep pods (with just 21% of the vote), ping pong tables (16%) and beanbags (13%).
When asked what genre of art London workers would like to see in their office spaces, landscapes topped the poll with the medium of paint proving popular alongside photography. And we think it’s abstract pieces by the likes of Elaine Jones and Andrew Hood (pictured) that could be amongst some of the most successful in inspiring a little desk-based escapism!
Despite the desire for change we found that 41% of office workers in London say there is no artwork in their workplace at all, with 59% unable to see any art from their desk.
We asked Dr Harriet Shortt, an expert on the workplace environment, to give us her thoughts on the matter:
“It’s the little things in our workplace environments that can have a big, positive impact on the everyday lives of those that work there – and artwork has a huge role to play in this. These findings prove that artwork makes workers feel happier, more peaceful and more creative, and are a call to action for many organisations to reconsider the bland bare walls that surround their workforce.
This isn’t just about making our workplace walls more attractive or having art for art’s sake; this is about helping our workforces become more reflective, imaginative and inventive. And in today’s fast paced working world where innovation and adaptability are key, surely all organisations should be looking to find new and exciting ways to inspire their workforce and stimulate creative discussions. Investment in art could be one such way.”
So, in a bid to help Britain’s art-poor workers become art-rich, our upcoming Battersea fair (8-11 March) will give business owners the chance to pick the brains of our expert gallerists who will be on hand over the weekend, as well as during the week and into the evenings. It’s a friendly, welcoming environment in which to chat through ideas and find help in curating a collection. And with pieces on sale from just £100 – £6,000 it needn’t cost a fortune to make a big difference.
Book your tickets to our Battersea fair now to discover the perfect piece to liven up your workspace »
Featured artworks: Andrew Hood. Spanish Headland. Oil on board. £2,250, First Contemporary.
Este MacLeod. Half a Pear. Acrylic on linen. £1,400, Will’s Art Warehouse.
Elaine Jones. Blue Ridge. Oil. £1,900. First Contemporary.