#ArtMoment Drawing Room Panel Discussion
What makes drawing so special a medium? What impact does it have on the viewer? And how does this impact differ in an office setting? These were some of the important questions that were tackled by a panel discussion on 26 February held at Drawing Room — a space dedicated to promoting contemporary drawing.
The esteemed panel was Mary Doyle (Drawing Room Co-Director), Jon Sharples (Chair of the Simmons & Simmons Art Network), Rana Begum (artist) and Mary Findlay (International Art Curator, Deutsche Bank). The panel was chaired by our very own Laura Uccello (Business Development Manager at Momentous Fine Art).
They discussed how wonderful it is for office workers to see art in their workplace and how staff form relationships with art in meeting rooms. When men and women spend hours of their lives making corporate decisions while gazing at the same pieces, it becomes part of their work lives.
Deutsche Bank Corporate Collection
At Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt each floor is dedicated to one artist’s works, with the artist’s names next to each floor label in the lifts. It’s details like these that let visitors know that a company is serious about collecting art and promoting artists.
Drawing is accessible — many of us have been on calls and seen our hands drift to a pad of paper as we doodle away while listening to others speak. It’s this activity that makes drawing so relatable to all of us. Drawing is something we understand and that resonates with us.
When an artist is commissioned to draw on a wall at an office, it can act as signal of intent. This is a work that’s here to stay it screams — it implies that we as a company are committed to this office and to our staff, we’re not going anywhere.
Simmons & Simmons Corporate Collections
Drawing can make a political statement too. The partners’ dining room at Simmons & Simmons is full of pictures of the partners who are largely white and male. So what better place to have hung Chris Ofili’s portraits of beautiful black women.
The panel debated many topics but what they could all agree on is that drawing is important, drawing is versatile, drawing is valuable.