The Wapping Arts Trust
A Celebration of Corporate Art Programmes Worldwide is published by the Wapping Arts Trust, a charity registered in the UK. The Trust was formed in 1985 following a conference organised at the Royal Institute of British Architects to bring together all the organisations concerned with “Art in the Working Environment”.The discussions focused everyone in working together to promote good practice and led to several significant initiatives one of those was the Wapping Arts Trust with the aims of promoting art in the working environment. International conferences were held in London, Paris and Brussels and the Wapping Arts Trust organised the biennial Art & Work Awards in the UK.Over the last 20 years, winners have included companies such as IBM, Unilever, Mobil North Sea, Transport for London, British Land, BAA, Flemings Bank, Capital and Counties Plc, and artists and architects such as Arups, Make, Thomas Heatherwick, Allen Jones RA, William Pye, Andy Goldsworthy and Stephen Cox.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the awards, the Wapping Arts Trust linked up with the World Architecture Festival and launched the awards internationally. Winners included Deutsche Bank, Canary Wharf Group, MOMA Architects and artist Barbara Neijna. For full details of the winners and highly commended entries see: www.artandworkawards.com It was a logical development to publish a book aimed to celebrate progress in the field of corporate art programmes and to illustrate examples of best practice.
The research for this book has been supported by Bonhams and carried out with the collaboration of the Humanities Exchange.
The Humanities Exchange
Partner in the project is the Humanities Exchange, an international not-for-profit organisation based in North America that serves as an adviser and source of information on international exhibition exchange, and facilitates the touring of exhibitions in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. It also assists a worldwide audience of museums, art centres, universities, corporations and foundations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Founded in 1983, the Humanities Exchange has a 30-year history of documenting and publishing information about corporate art collections and programmes around the world. The first edition of the Directory of Corporate Art Collections, published by the International Art Alliance, was released in 1984 and has now grown to feature about 1,500 companies worldwide. It provides ongoing and tangible evidence of the interest in art collections in a business environment, as well as the growth, expansion and changing nature of business support of the arts
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas.