Artworks that adorn the walls of office buildings are taking on a much more important role than merely providing a bit of colour – they’re sparking creativity, generating a sense of community and belonging, and lessening stress, according to experts.
Emilya Colliver, founder and director of Art Pharmacy Consulting, which advises a range of businesses on art and culture, said art could have big benefits for office workers.
“I think it really does have an impact on the people working in those places,” she said.
“Particularly with the rise of hot desking, it can help employees pick up more of a sense of community by looking at the art as shared symbology in different spaces as they move around. The problem in those circumstances can be a disconnect, but carefully selected art that has meaning or a relationship to those people and spaces does create a sense of belonging. There’s now so much research being done on art and wellbeing.”
A recent UK report looking at how visual arts impact on people’s wellbeing found that exposure to art reduced anxiety, increased self-esteem and stimulated collaboration.