Success for workplace art
Art exhibitions in Kings Hill office buildings enable artists to showcase their work to new audiences and this has paid off for one painter who sold three of her pieces to one person within days of putting them up.
Jude Evans, who studied at the Chelsea College of Art, is exhibiting a series of seascapes entitled ‘Sunlight on the Sea : Variations on the Theme’ in 35 Kings Hill Avenue. Construction specialist RG Group is based there and Jude’s paintings caught the eye of one of its staff who decided he had to own them.
The buyer was RG project manager John Henderson who said: “I love the changing artwork when I visit head office at Kings Hill, it brightens up the office and I was really drawn to the work of Jude Evans.”
A delighted Jude said: “I'm sure having paintings and sculptures in an office environment is beneficial for the people working there as well as for the artists. Art is an essential element of life, not a luxury for the few.”
Andrew Blevins, Liberty’s managing director said that the exhibitions are part of Liberty’s placemaking and broader cultural strategy to place art and culture at the heart of the Kings Hill community.
“It provides artists with a chance to show their work in an office environment and reach an audience who may not go to a gallery,” he said. “Research by International Art Consultants and the British Council for Offices has shown that visual stimulation through art in the workplace significantly increases employee well being and productivity and is an important asset for any office building.”
Exhibiting art in the workplace is part of a rolling programme – now in its sixth year – which is organised by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK in collaboration with Arts and Business. The works are selected by professional curator and practising artist June Frickleton and the exhibitions change three times a year.
Other works on display in the offices are smile inducing soft sculpture and fabric based art including a knitted self-portrait; paintings depicting an American road trip; colourful decoupage; prints, photographs and sculptures. It runs until the end of January 2016 and Kings Hill employees are encouraged to visit other offices to view the works exhibited there too.
There is also an exciting new exhibition in the Control Tower featuring works by some of the top artists in the South East, including a sculpture of a fox made from car bumpers and an owl by Hubcapcreatures and a dazzling painting of a pink diamond by Paula MacArthur, a winner of the John Player Portrait Award, now the BP Portrait Award. Also on show are works by leading artists Gary Goodman and Tom Banks.
Part of the Control Tower has been fitted out to gallery specification and is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm. This exhibition runs until the middle of January 2016.
All of the artworks are for sale and details of the exhibiting artists can be found on the Kings Hill website, http://www.kings-hill.com/live/kings-hill-art-exhibitions.