Recent Workplace Projects
Medical Education Centre in Sussex
In 2015 we were invited to submit options to supply paintings for three locations within the Chichester Medical Education Centre (CMEC), with the objective of unifying the space.
CMEC “delivers excellence in medical education through quality and innovation”. It is housed in a purpose built facility completed in 1991 on the St Richard’s Hospital campus. CMEC offers a range of conference and seminar facilities for up to 250 people. The foyer is used as a gathering space/reception area, there are eight seminar rooms and a large lecture theatre joined by a corridor from the foyer and a further large lecture theatre (the Jack Mickerson Hall).
On the first floor there is the Dunhill Library, Dunhill Medical Museum as well as various administration/teaching/IT rooms. In addition there is a bright gallery provided by the atrium space above the foyer.
CMEC provides a range of seminars, course and conferences, with delegates ranging from students to GP’s/Consultants. Some events are revenue generating. In all cases CMEC needs to present a contemporary space where delegates can both learn and also relax in breaks between sessions.
In the years since it opened there have been several collections as well as individual artworks donated to or acquired by CMEC, including several oil paintings of benefactors, a good collection of WWII photographs and a series of prints by Ken Howard.
We were asked to re-hang many of the existing artworks, including:
Placing all the oil paintings in the “gallery” above the foyer.
Creating an “installation” of the WWII photographs in the corridor to the Dinwoodie Lecture Theatre.
Re hanging on three walls the series of Ken Howard prints.
Then to unify the spaces, and provide a subtle diversion for delegates, we provided three large paintings by Nick Bodimeade one each for the Foyer, Jack Mickerson Hall and the corridor to the seminar rooms.
James Stewart said "The project was a complete success and in 2018 we were asked to provide a fourth large painting for the large reception area."
Dental Practice in Sussex
In 2016 a dental practice in Sussex purchased one large painting for the reception area of their dental practice direct from the gallery.
The piece chosen was from Nick Bodimeade's Sussex B-Road series, oil on canvas 105 x 120 cm.
The client then returned and purchased a further five smaller paintings from the same series of works all ranging from 30 x 40 cm to 40 x 45 cm in size.
Then finally they purchased a further large piece from the series later in 2017.
Initially the client purchased the first piece to decorate the area their clients see first, they wanted to set their practice apart from others. In addition to the painting they had arranged seating that would look equally good in an interior designed living room, with a bookcase covering an entire wall containing objects as well as books.
James Stewart said "They found that the artwork served more than just decoration, it also calmed down patients before treatment. As they were waiting they did not feel as though they were in a dentist's waiting room and this helped them prepare for seeing their dentist."
As a result the additional paintings were purchased for other areas, including a corridor leading to various clinic and treatment rooms.
In December 2017 the client held a reception for their clients and asked the artist, Nick Bodimeade to present a talk on his work and his approach to it. The reception was well attended and our client was very pleased to have been able to offer this additional "perk" for their clients, who in turn now see their dentist in a new, positive light.
Both the paintings and the artist talk supported the culture of this contemporary dental practice and the image they wished to project.
Offices in Kingston
In 2013 we were approached by a client with three office buildings in Kingston each with multiple occupants.
The brief was to provide a number of large works of art for the communal areas, each of which had large expanses of white walls.
Five large pieces were selected by four artists, the choice was made to create an initial impact and also on going interest.
The client did not wish to buy outright and so we rented the pieces on a six monthly rolling contract. See Our Services for more details on how our Art Rental Service works.
The painting in the tall stairwell is 200 x 100cm, shows the Shard in the process of being built by Piers Ottey. This paint works well in this very high wall spanning two floors. The painting was chosen because it breaks up the space and draws the eye up the wall to the next floor.
The second painting shown is "Helicopter" by Nick Bodimeade, oil on canvas 166 x 86 cm. With its' bold colour and horizontal composition it mirrors the space it occupies.
The paintings were a success and the client retained them for the maximum four years (eight six monthly periods) and then ownership in the works passed to the renter client.
Pop-Up Exhibition at Farnborough Business Park
For two weeks in June 2019 The Hub at Farnborough Business was transformed into a Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition hosted by Zimmer Stewart Gallery.
The plain white corridor of The Hub was brought to life by a variety of paintings by six established and emerging artists, Matt Bodimeade, Nick Bodimeade, Tom Farthing, Katharine le Hardy & Emma Rimer and Phil Tyler; as well as selected works from Fine Art Students at The Sixth Form College Farnborough.
Research shows that the introduction of artwork in the workplace reduces stress, increases creativity and encourages thought-provoking conversations, and that certainly happened at Farnborough. Katy Marlow from Farnborough Business park said "The pop-up gallery provided occupiers a reason to step away from their desk and busy workloads, to take some important time out and browse the artwork on display."
See "The Impact of Art in the Workplace" by Karen Higginbottom in Forbes Magazine, May 2019.
James Stewart, from Zimmer Stewart Gallery said, “The reaction from staff, tenants and visitors has been phenomenal, much better than we could have expected. The placement of these artworks had prompted discussions between colleagues and different companies in ways that seemingly had not happened before. This is just one of the benefits of well place, good contemporary art in the workplace.’
In addition the Pop-Up included a further collaboration between Zimmer Stewart and Farnborough Sixth Form College Fine Art Students, when a selection of first year students were invited to attend a masterclass with professional artists Nick Bodimeade, Tom Farthing and Phil Tyler. This was an opportunity to discuss their pathway into the world of art and for the artists to pass on their knowledge to assist the students with their own journeys.
James Stewart continued, "We held a masterclass led by three of the exhibiting professional artists, for nine first year Fine Art students. Students were engaged in the discussion and asked questions including how to put together a portfolio, commissions, the importance of networking & social media and much more. We set out to put up and exhibition paintings and maybe sell a few, but in the end I think we achieved much more, and are thankful to Farnborough Business Park staff for making this exhibition possible”.