Thematic week: Office Gallery – Art Closer to People
“Office Gallery“ project is an innovative example of how cultural education can be implemented in a way different from traditions, in an informal environment like workplace. At the same time it gives room to the mutual learning opportunity that opens up at the participating institutions.
The originator of the project“Office Gallery“ is Ľudmila Pašková, gallerist and curator, managing director of the company Amymon s.r.o., who organizes exhibitions and symposia and implements domestic and international projects. She represents numerous renowned, mainly Czech and Slovak fine artists.
The main idea of the project is to introduce art into modern administrative buildings, thereby bringing art closer to people. It gives the opportunity of getting into contact with the artworks of renowned artists both to the employees and the clients of the participating companies, at a nontraditional venue, i.e. in a workplace environment. When selecting the artworks, harmony with the inner space as well as with the nature of the company concerned was very important so as to avoid spatial dissonance. The project aims to bring art into the everyday lives of people who, for various reasons, do not visit galleries. As a partial goal, the participating companies should thus be able to create a cultured environment for their employees and clients, thereby changing the attitude of people moving about in the“Office Gallery“ to cultural values so that they could establish a connection to fine arts, learn (and develop a desire) to live with it and be able to evaluate it. A natural end result of the project is an increased interest in learning about fine arts. In order to foster the attainment of the set objectives, in addition to looking at the works of art exhibited – which are regularly replaced by new ones – employees and clients also get the chance to meet with the artists who created the paintings as workshops with the artists concerned are regularly organized at the chosen institutions. In Mercury School the artists work with students; still in this context, too, one can speak also of adult training as teachers, too, are present at the workshops, learn about the various techniques and enlarge their knowledge within the framework of informal conversations and presentations.
Wed, 09/01/2021 - 10:54 Györgyi Bajka
The project can clearly be categorized as an activity of cultural education since it indirectly shows the companies’employees and clients the way to receive fine arts experience, to think about respective works of art as well as culture in general. At the same time we can interpret the project activities also as a kind of aesthetic education in an informal environment, which in this case is a workplace.