January 2009: A real draw for local artists

Local artists from across the region have been given the opportunity to showcase their work in the latest community art initiative by law firm B P Collins.

The Gerrards Cross based practice is a strong supporter of art projects and has now teamed up with Art Works for Business (AWB), a Creative Bucks project which champions artists and businesses across the county.

Some 29 pieces of original art from 23 artists have been given pride of place in The Chalfont Suite, the law firm’s state-of-the-art suite of meeting rooms, with a range of mediums including watercolours, pastels, acrylics and even computer pieces.

Karl Wingfield, chief operating officer, said:
“Supporting local artists and the creative community is important to us and the exhibition is a great example of the benefits of local businesses and art working together. We hope that not only will visitors to our offices enjoy the artworks, which showcase the wealth a local talent, but that the artists will feel proud to see their work on display.”

Laura Boswell, AWB Co-ordinator, said:
“I am delighted that Art Works for Business has been able to help B P Collins with their innovative exhibition space, which has allowed many local artists to display their work to a varied audience for an extended period. It is a real bonus for our artists to have work on show in an business environment and to be able to provide a source of enjoyment for the staff and visitors to B P Collins.”

The exhibition runs until May and visitors to The Chalfont Suite, which regularly hosts seminars and events throughout the year, will be able to purchase the paintings. Since opening in January 2008, previous exhibitions have highlight work by German artist Helmut Otto and photography students from Amersham and Wycombe College.

The Creative Bucks initiative is supported by the four District Councils of Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks, Buckingham County Council and Arts Council England. Now in its second year, it offers a practical guide and an on-line portfolio of Buckinghamshire artists through its web site http://www.artworksforbusiness.co.uk/

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