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The Value of Creativity in the Workplace

Following on from our recent post - discussing creativity in the workplace in relation to wellbeing - we continue the conversation by looking at the value of creativity in the workplace in relation to productivity. Referencing an article by Zoe Humphries (from Steelcase) for onoffice magazine, we look at why a strong creative culture is key to financial performance and  how environment can shape and support it. Is creativity the new productivity? - onoffice "Being creative at work is critical...

Oct 24th, 2018

By Catherine Thomas

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Engage & inspire for wellness in the workplace

  We know by now that a workplace should inspire and motivate the people who work within it. Studies (by the University of Exeter and British Council for Offices) suggest that, as well as boosting staff morale and promoting wellbeing, a conducive and appealing working environment can significantly up productivity, and we know that art plays a part in that. But once these spaces have been designed, created and the artwork installed, what next? How do we continue to stimulate creativity...

Oct 11th, 2018

By Catherine Thomas

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Going, going, gone….

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed," In an auction room in Mayfair, at the climax of the busiest week in the London art market, Banksy put his Girl With Balloon painting through the shredder shortly after going under the hammer for a little more than £1m. British artist Jonathan Huxley was compelled to capture Banksy’s act of rebellion - poking fun at the high minded artworld - through the now infamous image of dealers, showing shock and genuine fright. “I saw the line-up of faces aghast...

Oct 10th, 2018

By Catherine Thomas

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20/20 Vision Talks

Art Acumen was invited to AWITA's 20/20 Vison talks hosted by Philips Action House. A rapid-fire discussion pairing of 20 powerhouse women from around the artworld, on a range of topics from innovating to challenging, dreaming to leading.  The talks were inspirational, informative and most importantly honest! Favourite quote of the night; "No experience is ever wasted" AWITA (The Association of Women in the Arts) represents a cross section of females in the art world: gallerists, collectors,...

Apr 30th, 2018

By Catherine Thomas

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ART at 33

ART AT 33 is a changing sculpture exhibition, showcasing a varied programme of artwork in the reception of 33 Davies Street. The exhibition has been designed to introduce different types of sculpture, techniques and artistic language to tenants and visitors of the building, helping to create an enjoyable and stimulating space. In its forth year we have extended the programme by inviting the tenants to be more involved in the selection process. The second ‘tenant curators’ continued this new...

Dec 10th, 2017

By Catherine Thomas

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ART at 33

ART AT 33 is a changing sculpture exhibition, showcasing a varied programme of artwork in the reception of 33 Davies Street. The exhibition has been designed to introduce different types of sculpture, techniques and artistic language to tenants and visitors of the building, helping to create an enjoyable and stimulating space. In its third year we have extended the programme by inviting the tenants to be more involved in the selection process. The first ‘tenant curators’ commence this new...

Jun 6th, 2017

By Catherine Thomas

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Latest Sculpture at Grosvenor

Arriving to a very warm reception at 33 Davies Street 'Merriment' by Lucy Unwin will be in residence for the next six months. The inspiration for both Unwin’s steel and stone work derives from natural forms, be it organic shapes found in nature or, the human figure itself. In particular, the steel work explores how the posture of the human body can represent feeling and emotion, from the solitary figure standing alone in contemplation to these dancers interacting with each other lost in their...

Sep 22nd, 2016

By Catherine Thomas

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Sculpture Programme

  Our fourth installation in Grosvenor's six monthly sculpture changeover programme sees a series of sculptures by Ruth Moilliett. Inspired by the plant kingdom Moilliet draws the viewer’s attention to both the overall spectacle and individual beauty of a plant or flower. An initial response to a flower is that it is a delicate and beautiful object, something that can be picked or crushed. This may be true of an individual bloom but a plants continued lifecycle and relentless growth makes...

Apr 1st, 2016

By Catherine Thomas

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Poetry as Public Art

A really inspiring meeting with Johnathan Edwards today to discuss an unusual and very exciting public art commission, combining poetry and moss (!) Johnathan came to our attention after his first published collection of Poetry 'My Family and Other Superheroes'won the 2014 Costa Poetry Prize. We love his authentic, moving and often surreal portrayl of his family and Valley life. “Joyous, brilliant and moving“ The Costa Judges

Nov 10th, 2015

By Catherine Thomas

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In the Heart of Mayfair

Art Acumen are curating a sculpture programme for long-term client Grosvenor. Their grade A office scheme in Mayfair, located at one of London’s most prestigious addresses opposite Claridge's hotel "sets a new standard in West End office design and service, preparing for the dynamic change that Crossrail will bring to Mayfair in 2018" Grosvenor Our first installment is a sculpture by Jilly Sutton, who's inspiration comes from the ancient trees and woodland that surround her studio and the home...

Mar 30th, 2015

By Catherine Thomas