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Petro-Canada - Art Rental Project

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Petro-Canada Art Rental Project In 2005, Canadian oil company Petro-Canada moved to new headquarters on London Bridge. Enlightened Chief Executive Peter Kallos was inspired to create a new, dynamic relationship with the arts involving employees and the local arts community. With the help of Contemporary Art Holdings Ltd. and sponsored by Arts & Business, Petro-Canada created a programme of changing exhibitions in the communal areas of the new building such as the café, reception and corridors. Now in its third year, the artwork is on display throughout the building and the company has exhibited works by over 50 artists since it was started in 2005. A rotating arts commitee of 4-6 employees is instrumental in the artwork selection and commissionsing process.

"Our objective was to adopt a different approach to the acquisition of artwork. I visualised a series of rotating exhibitions in our new offices and wanted to encourage our staff to be a part of the process. Contemporary Art Holdings Ltd. co-ordinated the project and together we set up an arts committee to select and commission the artwork. This has been an interesting and enjoyable process and Contemporary Art Holdings Ltd. has introduced us to a wide range of artists that we might otherwise have not discovered. Collaborating with the arts committee, they have worked hard to ensure that the artwork reflects the taste and image of the company."
Peter Kallos - Chief Executive

In addition to the exhibition opportunities, some of the artists whose works are on display are invited to offer practical workshops for employees on drawing, painting and collage. In 2006, Petro-Canada also sponsored the Postgraduate Interactive Media Exhibition at the London College of Communication and aims to continue with its educational support programme in the future. Due to the success of this project, Contemporary Art Holdings Ltd. is keen to introduce the concept to other companies who may wish to adopt a more interactive approach to the arts.