The Arts and Wellbeing: Art in the Workplace


What are some of the benefits of renting art from the Canada Council Art Bank? Our Arts and Wellbeing series looks at how the presence of art can have a positive impact on our lives—in the workplace and beyond.

In 2014, researcher Christina Smiraglia examined the reactions of employees and board members to art exhibited in their workplace.

According to Smiraglia’s study¹, the most common impact of the exhibited art was the promotion of social interactions: it provided a space for spontaneous conversation between co-workers and allowed them to learn more about one another.

Participants in the study said the art also enhanced their aesthetic environment and made them feel good about being at work.

Participants listed several other positive benefits of the art, including:

• Feeling inspired;
• A generally more positive attitude;
• Positive feelings towards the organization they worked for;
• New learning opportunities; and
• Intellectual stimulation.

Want to foster some of these positive outcomes in your workplace? Contact the Art Bank to discuss how you can bring works from the collection into your work environment.

Watch this video to find out more about the Art Bank’s art rental program

About the Author: Sonia Poisson
Sonia Poisson is a lecturer and freelance researcher specialising in the anthropology of art. She received an M.A. in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London and an M.A. in Art History from Carleton University. She works on various historical and arts-related projects for television, documentaries and museum exhibitions.

¹Smiraglia, Christina. “Artworks at Work: The Impacts of Workplace Art.” Journal of Workplace Learning 26, no. 5 (2014): 284-295.

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