A business leader is in control of everything to do with the company that they run, or the industry that they inspire. The brand reputation, style and ideology will all come from the top down, and can be in the form of the style of clothing they wear and desire in their employees, the way in which they talk and present to the wider world, and even down to how the office space functions and appears aesthetically. In recent years there has been a swing towards business leaders understanding the power of art and how the careful placing of art in a business setting can showcase the company values and support creative thinking through cultural awareness.
Wider leadership on a national and World Wide stage, has for centuries used art and culture as a central tenet to display success and knowledge. The Kings and Queens and rulers of past centuries would use their cultural awareness in much the same way as we are beginning to see business leaders do the same, and a poor understanding of culture can cause damage to a politician too. A savvy leader in the corporate world can see how much of an impact art and culture can have on their reputation. Whether that is on display as an exhibition in head office, or as a style ethic that runs through the DNA of the entire corporate brand and entity for the entire world, and potential customer base, to see.
This change in approach from leaders in the business world has led to a requirement for more of a connection with the arts world, and with that you know see the important for major brands to have art advisors as part of their inner team or at least on a consulting basis. Large multinational brands are always looking to hook up with emerging and established artists alike in order to complement existing work scenarios, play a part in developing advertising and marketing campaigns and to commission work and stage exhibitions in order to just display a cultural awareness that adds to the brand reputation of the company.
For many business leaders it is a no brainer, especially when it comes to staging art exhibitions for the benefit of employees within large companies. Especially within companies that rely on a creative function in the design of products and services, by providing employees with the chance to get up close and personal with varying forms of art and different artists is a great thing. You can help to inspire them, open their minds up to new ideas and techniques that could be of a benefit to the work process.
The same can be said of exposing existing and new customers to art, in that it welcomes discussion. Your company can suddenly become the central hub of a conversation about art, its impact and what that means for your customers old and new.
Using art and culture is an interesting and exciting way for big business to get in touch with the customers, and to understand exactly who they are and how better they can serve them.
Content writtrn by Sophia Long