Art in Finance
6 February - 1 March 2015
Preview: Thursday 5 February 2015 / 6pm / All welcome
Art in Finance is a collaborative exhibition presenting work in different media by six employees from within the finance team at the British Standards Institution Head Offices in Milton Keynes: Lola Darcy, Natalia Hodgkinson, Sarah Keyes, Keith Moorcroft, Jason Turner and Angela White.
About two years ago the BSI finance department discovered that there was a great deal of (mostly hidden) artistic skill, talent and creative interest within their team. At weekends, in complete contrast to their working lives, individuals were engaging in painting courses, drawing, photography and developing skills which were largely going unnoticed.
Intrigued by their respective artistic talent and motivated by their mutual passion for art, the group formed as ‘Art in Finance’. They established a bi-monthly competition for themselves, centred on themes such as Red & Black, Silhouettes, Noise, Space, Storms and Stills, E/motion and #Selfie, which they explored in acrylic, watercolour, pencil, photography, glass mosaic, installations, jewellery and other art forms. Two years on, the level of interest and skill has snowballed, resulting in the production of a broad collection of artworks, and the group now host their own Facebook site.
To support and expand the Art in Finance group’s work, MK Gallery’s Learning Team has provided an artist-led workshop session for group members to help develop their skills and creative exploration, and the opportunity to exhibit at MK Gallery Project Space. As the group began working with the gallery, and their sense of joint participation developed, they decided to make a collaborative presentation, inspired by the song Fascination Street by The Cure, and to use the unifying device of a brick wall as their 'canvas'.
Speaking of the project, Natalia Hodgkinson, Head of Commercial Finance, BSI Milton Keynes, said: ‘We are all excited about the opportunity to improve our skills, exhibit our work, hopefully inspire others and promote art and creativity in business.’
British Standards Institution
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For short biographical statements by the BSI finance team participants, click HERE.