At the event the Lord Mayor highlighted research findings looking at creativity in businesses growth. The conclusion was that including art in offices can improve productivity by 17%, and art interventions and creative art therapies have been shown to reduce stress in employees by 81%.
Catherine Shearn is the Curator of Linklaters art collection, housed mainly in their Silk Street headquarters. The art collection aims not only to fill the walls and provide a culturally interesting environment, but also to stimulate the creativity of the staff and visitors.
In the current work from home climate, this is obviously no longer effective, so staff were asked to submit images of their own creative efforts. An impressive amount of drawing, photos, paintings, and even embroidery and crocheted work were sent in, revealing an enormous amount of creativity within the Linklaters workforce.
Associate Lawyer Xuewei Loy has been inspired by an image of her friend, an NHS worker, in her protective clothing. This watercolour image is based on a photograph, the sensitive portrait captures the human side of the frontline workers.