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Bringing art to the workplace. The lugubrious portraits of your last five chairmen are a brooding presence in the boardroom...

by Alexander Garrett

The lugubrious portraits of your last five chairmen are a brooding presence in the boardroom, while the Constable prints in the corridor are just so 19th century. It's time you thought about brightening up the workplace with some fresh art.

Take stock. First, make an inventory of what you already have, and its valuation. Says Andrew Hutchinson, director of International Art Consultants/Art for Offices: 'We sold a single Lowry for one client, which was enough to fund an entire contemporary collection.'

Work out the why. The most common business benefits achieved by art at work are the projection of a positive image to clients and other external audiences, and improved morale among staff. Decide what you're trying to achieve, and who your audience is.

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