Curation That Connects Communities


Curation That Connects Communities

Frankie Altamura

Art has a remarkable ability to engage and connect communities, bridging gaps and encouraging dialogue to help build strong relationships between people and space. Here, we explore a selection of recent moments where the curated art scheme has successfully resonated with and engaged the public it aims to inspire.

Takeda Bratislava: Crowd-Sourced Children’s Art

For Takeda’s Innovation and Capability Center in Bratislava, we sourced drawings made by the children of staff who work at the Slovakian campus. It was a lighthearted, slightly tongue-in-cheek exercise that offered a creative way to engage the staff and their families. This initiative brought these personal stories to the forefront of daily conversation, encouraging communication within a part of the campus that focused on socializing. Beyond its emotional appeal, displaying children's artwork celebrates the talents and family contributions of Takeda’s employees. It also highlights the company's commitment to creating a workplace that deeply resonates with its community.

Children's artwork on the walls of Takeda's Bratislava Campus

Each project serves as a testament to the enduring impact of art on people and the spaces that surround them.

Devonshire Square: Community Endorsed Art

As part of our project at Devonshire Square (DSQ) for Nuveen in London, we partnered with students from London Metropolitan University to develop a site-specific mural on the perimeter of the development, near Petticoat Lane. Students worked together to create garments and produce images that used fabrics and products bought from the Petticoat Lane market, culminating in a fashion show and gallery exhibition. The student's final creations were voted on by tenants of the DSQ estate, with the winning work used to create the mural on Middlesex Street. This project has led to ongoing independent partnerships between Devonshire Square and London Metropolitan University, and acts as a blueprint for other potential community projects in the years to come.

A closer look at work by London College of Communication students, for Devonshire Square

FGS Global: Finger on the Pulse

For FGS Global, we set out to acquire cutting-edge art for their collection. A team of local stakeholders selected works by acclaimed, early-career artists Peter Brock and Yein Lee. These artists were actively showing work at gallery exhibitions during the selection process: Peter Brock in “An Ear at the Edge of a Chasm” at Someday Gallery and Yein Lee in “Latent Rhythm” at Jack Barrett, both in New York. Through our curatorial work, FGS Global’s local team was able to access emerging artists at the forefront of the contemporary art scene. Their work is visually striking and reflective of the dynamic and ever-evolving arts landscape. We believe that by showcasing works from artists like Brock and Lee, we can inspire our clients and audiences alike to invest in art that is both meaningful and relevant.



Celebrating Art as a Catalyst for Community

From quiet corporate interiors to bustling city streets, these examples underscore the power of art in building connections and celebrating community spirit. Whether by showcasing crowd-sourced creativity, platforming emerging artists, or capturing the essence of local identity, each project serves as a testament to the enduring impact of art on people and the spaces that surround them.

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