Projects

AFREN

LONDON

The independent gas and oil company Afren asked International Art Consultants to supply contemporary African art for their new offices in Curzon Street. A selection of works by seven artists was chosen for the reception, boardroom, corridor and office areas. IAC worked with Bluu Interiors.

 

ALLEN & OVERY

LONDON

The brief was clear for the new global HQ in Spitalfields: the artwork had to bring the wow factor to key public spaces, it had to be different from any other corporate interior and it had to reflect the firm's commitment to excellence. Most importantly, it had to be about human values. This comes across in the agreed philosophy for the artwork to ‘inspire, advance and achieve excellence in everyone and everything’.

 

BABCOCK INTERNATIONAL

LONDON

The client had recently moved into a new building and wanted to use the opportunity to support emerging artists by showcasing artwork by recent graduates. The collection comprises of normal, abstract and colourful paintings and etchings by artists Tom Hackney, Kate Hunt, Joanna Phelps and Bronwen Sleigh from Goldsmiths, Chelsea, and RCA.

 

BARCLAYCARD

CANARY WHARF

Barclaycard wanted artwork that reflects the ethos of their brand; innovative, pioneering and inspirational as well as always being there for you.

The resulting artwork included a kinetic piece made using 750 unique Barclaycards, a series of miniature sculptures made from Barclaycards and a digital artwork themed around Payments through the Ages.

BARCLAYS BANK PLC

CANARY WHARF

Barclays move to its new HQ building at One Churchill Place is a landmark in several ways. The 33-storey tower is more than a striking addition to the Canary Wharf skyline; it symbolises a key moment in the bank’s history after 300 years based in the City of London. Some 300 commissioned photographic images of great global landmarks reflect the geographic spread of the bank’s business.

 

BARCLAYS WEALTH

MAYFAIR & CANARY WHARF

Our brief was to create an art programme for the refurbished premises for Barclays Wealth in Mayfair and Canary Wharf, that would enhance the rebranding of the old private bank as Barclays Wealth. We used existing and new artwork to achieve this, combining large normal pieces in the main reception areas with more recognizable Modern British artists and graduate printmakers in the client meeting rooms.

 

BDO STOY HAYWARD

LONDON

BDO wished to emphasize a people focus in the art for their new HQ. Many of the artists use people as the key aspect in their work whether it is tracing the movement of people in space, representing humour and differences or just playful use of figures as a design element. BDO chose abstract paintings, printmaking, photography and glasswork to complete the collection.

 

BERKELEY CLARENCE DOCK

LEEDS

Clarence Dock is Leeds largest new mixed-use waterside development. For the developers, public art is a very important part of an ongoing strategy to make the site a cultural hub and an attractive addition to Leeds’ cityscape. It was important that any public sculpture commissions reflected the modernist environment of Clarence Dock and provided a contrast to the architecture.

 

THE BEDFORD ESTATES

LONDON

As part of the redevelopment of an old garage site in the West End, we were asked by Garnett+Partners LLP to commission a large scale mural that would overlook the proposed new restaurant. Working closely with artist Brian James, we developed a design that combined the motoring heritage of both the site and The Bedford Estates that was then applied to the tiles through a novel combination of screen and digital printing.

DEFRA

LONDON

DEFRA required an aerial sculpture to hang in their 8 storey atrium space at their offices in Smith Square. After initial discussions with the architect, client and IAC, the artist Jan Blake was asked to fulfil the commission. The artwork had to conform to the sustainability requirements of DEFRA, and be constructed of recyclable, natural materials.

 

DRAKE CIRCUS

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth’s Drake Circus is a new 49,200m2 shopping centre by P&O Developments. Four commissions are sited throughout, ranging from Lucy Glendinning's landmark 7.5m high sculpture to Jan Blake's theatrical suspended silk piece. Two smaller commissions were produced in conjunction with local schools; a poem engraved in a sculptural sign and drawings reproduced as glass floor tiles.

 

EMIRATES INVESTMENT BANK

DUBAI

IAC was invited to source and acquire a collection of significant artworks featuring contemporary Arab artists and important Emirati artists, in particular. The resulting art collection, which includes pieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture and a commissioned watercolour, has been installed in the new offices of Emirates Investment Bank, to celebrate and support regional contemporary Arab artists.

 

EVERCORE

LONDON

With meeting rooms named after international explorers, the art committee challenged IAC to find a series of interesting artworks that fitted with the theme, but in not too literal a way.

The result is an international collection, with artists from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Canada and Japan, working in a variety of media including photography, painting, printmaking and collage.

FIDESSA

LONDON

With Fidessa’s move to One Old Jewry in October 2008 the company knew they wanted to commission an artwork for their 6 metre high feature wall in the entrance to their client suites. Amy Cushing's spectacular piece is very much a bespoke artwork that has been inspired by Fidessa’s logo, that complements the contemporary art chosen for various client facing areas.

 

FRONTIER ECONOMICS

LONDON

The interiors the new offices in High Holborn incorporated niches which were specifically designed for artwork, but the company did not want to fill them with traditional prints or paintings. Instead they commissioned artworks in two very different media: woven textiles by Ptolemy Mann for the corridor, and glass pieces by James Carcass for the Meeting Rooms.

 

GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

QATAR

IAC was appointed by a global financial services company to source regional artworks for their new offices in Tornado Tower.

A series of striking works by Qatari and Syrian artists were presented focusing on the abstraction of the Arabic script. Three original works were chosen which fulfilled the art requirements and fitted beautifully in the space.

GOODWIN PROCTOR

LONDON

International law firm Goodwin Proctor recently relocated to new offices in the City and wanted to source original, contemporary artwork for the client facing areas of the building. The brief was to complement the high spec, architect designed scheme using a limited, monochromatic palette. The result was a quality, design-led installation of photography and painting that became a fully integrated feature of the newly refurbished interior.

 

GROSVENOR

LONDON

International property development, investment and fund management group, Grosvenor, celebrates one of London's hidden rivers at their new retail and residential development in Kinnerton Street. British sculptor Julian Stocks seized upon the opportunity to develop a striking triptych titled 'Water's Murmur' in celebration of the River Westbourne, aiming to re-establish a link between the city and nature.

 

GLAXOSMITHKLINE

LONDON

International Art Consultants, who had already worked with GSK on the art programme for its research and development site at Harlow, were appointed to work with the company again to develop an outstanding collection of art, supported by an on-going art programme to benefit both staff and local community, for the new headquarters in Brentford.

 

HINES

LONDON

This artwork, which is over 5m wide and comprises 1200 coloured felt balls, was commissioned for the reception of a new mixed-use building on High Holborn. It acts as a visual escape from the bustle of the busy street and references the quiet calm of Lincoln Inns Fields to the rear of the building. The image of the sky seen through the tree canopy abstracts into a normal colourfield when viewed up close.

KIER PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS

READING

IAC advised Kier on selecting appropriate artwork to both meet their planning obligations and add value to Reading's largest office development, One Reading Central. We commissioned leading glass artist Graham Jones to create this dramatic design scaling the full 40m height of the building, and liaised with client, planners, tenants, artist and glass fabricators.

 

KING ABDULLAH PETROLEUM STUDIES AND RESEARCH CENTER (KAPSARC)

SAUDI ARABIA

International Art Consultants were retained by Woods Bagot to develop an art programme for the KAPSARC Campus outside Riyadh that complements and enhance the striking architectural design by Zaha Hadid Architects.

THE LANESBOROUGH

LONDON

The 2m x 5m oil on canvas by the celebrated artist Simon Casson is a centrepiece for the Hotel’s newly refurbished restaurant, Apsleys. IAC worked closely with the client and world-renowned American architect and designer Adam D Tihany in choosing exactly the right artist for this project. For Tihany, a large wall painting was always an integral part of his design for Apsleys.

 

LAWRENCE GRAHAM

LONDON

The starting point for the art collection at LG’s exciting new headquarters at More London was never guided by theme. This is its strength. What emerges as you view the collection is how distinct and innovative the work is. LG has compiled a very original collection of contemporary work by established and emerging award-winning artists, in several media.

 

LYALL STREET

LONDON

Works of art were placed in this five bedroom property in Belgravia on a flexible three to six month short-term rental basis while it was marketed for sale by a private developer. Over twenty works of art were selected including limited edition prints, oil paintings, large-scale textiles, glass, ceramics, photography, lightboxes and even feather sculptures.

 

MOODY'S

CANARY WHARF

International Art Consultants developed an art strategy for Moody's new premises in Canary Wharf that mirrors the firm's core competency in decoding and interpreting financial data. Entitled 'Making sense of what you see', IAC's selection comprises a set of beautiful and intriguing images that reward contemplation by clients and staff alike.

 

MORGAN STANLEY

CANARY WHARF

Global Investment Bank Morgan Stanley recently refurbished a floor of their Canary Wharf offices in order for it to serve as a multi-purpose conference, training and client meeting suite. IAC were retained to specify and procure appropriate artwork for this high profile and multi-functional area.

In addition to wall-mounted artwork for the meeting rooms, IAC worked closely with the architects tp bennett to create a a stunning display of sculpture and glasswork in the main reception area.

 

MORTIMER STREET

LONDON

'Windermere in Winter' by Norman Ackroyd CBE was commissioned by Great Portland Estates in conjunction with IAC and architects Aukett Fitzroy Robinson. An elaborate etching on 64 stainless steel panels, it serves as decorative cladding for a service door at a new building in central London.

 

HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

QATAR

International Art Consultants were retained by HOK to develop an world class art programme for the new Hamad International Airport in Qatar. This 22 acre, $5.5bn project included a series of major installation pieces by both local and internationally renowned artists.

 

NORTHAMPTON BOROUGH COUNCIL

NORTHAMPTON

International Art Consultants were appointed by Northampton Borough Council for a major public art commission to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr Francis Crick, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the structure and code of DNA. The brief was that the sculpture should engage and inspire all age groups of residents.

 

OPEN UNIVERSITY

MILTON KEYNES

International Art Consultants were appointed to co-ordinate Open University’s Art Programme, reinforcing the policy of allocating one per cent of the construction cost of new buildings to artwork. The brief given to the five artists commissioned to design works of art for the new library building in Milton Keynes was ‘The freedom to acquire knowledge for life’.

 

PARKRIDGE DEVELOPMENTS

BIRMINGHAM

Developed by Parkridge Developments in partnership with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Dickens Heath Village Centre comprises apartments, retail and commercial space, office/work from home space, a Community Centre, Library and Medical Centre, and is complemented throughout by sculptures and commissioned public seating.

 

PERMIRA

LONDON

Permira wanted a wall mounted, three-dimensional artwork for their new Reception. Having chosen textiles as both a softer counterpoint to the surroundings and a soundbuffer, they selected Scandinavian artist Anne Kyrro Quinn to create the 2.7m x 5.4m commission. Her minimal and sculptural designs are hand cut, sewn and finished felt pieces and inspired by the natural world.

 

PFIZER

SANDWICH

Prior to the development of the art programme at its global research and development HQ at Sandwich, Pfizer did not have a co-ordinated arts strategy and arts activities were initiated by individuals in the company on an ad-hoc basis. Working with IAC Pfizer developed and implemented a co-ordinated art policy throughout the organisation at Sandwich on a much more significant scale.

 

PINSENT MASONS

LONDON

Pinsent Masons have gradually built their art collection over a number of years. The artwork is defined by the location, be it graphic works influenced by the architecture of the space, or more traditional techniques such as oil on canvas with landscape as a recurring theme. Recently, the appreciation of the art has been extended with a series of successful lunchtime artist talks.

 

RATHBONES

LONDON

Working with IAC, the Rathbones Art Committee decided that the artwork for their new offices in Curzon Street should reflect both their maritime heritage and their national reach. To that end, we agreed on a theme of landscape and seascape paintings for the meeting rooms with a series of aerial photographs of the cities around the UK where Rathbones's offices are. A number of the meeting rooms display paintings rented from the National Maritime Museum.

 

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION

LONDON

IAC were contracted by the Rugby Football Union to create a versatile art programme for the South Stand Conference Centre at Twickenham. All the artwork is configured to be removed and rehung with ease.

Photography was commissioned referencing the local area, archival photographs underlined the RFU heritage, and roses represented the England crest.

 

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE

LONDON

This is a collection of contemporary abstract large scale paintings for the executive meeting rooms and corridors. IAC worked closely with the designers and client to build a collection to compliment the newly refurbished space, reflecting a high quality, sophisticated and established approach, with strong focal elements and works that provide a talking point for visitors.

 

STEMCOR

LONDON

As the world's largest independent steel trader, Stemcor specifically wanted the artwork for their new headquarters to reflect their business. In addition to other metal-based works, we sourced an artwork by Mark Maxwell for the feature wall of the double height atrium space. It can be perceived as a furnace transforming raw materials such as iron ore or ferrous scrap into molten steel for casting.

 

TAYLOR WIMPEY

LONDON

As part of Taylor Wimpey's new residential development at Brabazon House in Moreton Street, SW1, IAC commissioned a large scale bronze sculpture by Andre Wallace that adds both dynamism and a sense of place to the new pedestrian intersection with Vauxhall Bridge Road. In addition we commissioned a bespoke set of period gates to the rear of the building by Jim Horrobin.

 

WEALTH MANAGEMENT

DUBAI

Our Client has a policy of including modern and contemporary art in their office interiors. They approached IAC to source a selection of regional artwork for their new offices in Dubai International Financial Centre, to reflect the company's brand and close relationship with the United Arab Emirates.
Arabic Calligraphy from the Emirates and seascapes by British Expatriate artists featured.

WEALTH MANAGEMENT

MUMBAI

After assisting the client in Dubai, they requested that IAC source a small collection of Indian Contemporary Art for their new offices in Bhandra Kurla District in Mumbai, India.

The resulting colourful, regional artworks enliven the neutral interiors of this modern office in the Mumbai Financial Centre.

 

WILBEN DEVELOPMENTS

LONDON

Leading Luxury Residential Developer, Wilben, recently redeveloped a grade II listed townhouse in Chester Square, Belgravia. Wilben invested in the highest quality finishes throughout the property and IAC were retained to specify and procure an appropriate selection of artwork on temporary loan to "dress' the property for the marketing phase.

IAC provided artwork throughout that was in keeping with the décor and dimensions of the space that assisted with the successful sale of the property.