Along with pieces from undergraduates from the University of Westminster, this year’s CSR Art Programme also contained work by postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art (RCA).
Now in its third year, this innovative Programme has been part of an integral part of the firm's CSR Programme and has played an important role in supporting local communities and nurturing emerging talent.
This year, Travers Smith’s CSR Art Programme explored themes including childhood memories, social media, black identity, and evolving landscapes. The Programme also developed a new strategic partnership with the Serpentine Galleries, one of the most successful and influential galleries in Europe. Through this partnership, the firm offered participating artists valuable insights into exhibition planning and development, as well as opportunities to meet curators and established artists.
Dr Gillian Youngs, Head of Innovation and Impact at Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, said: “This state of the art synergy across business and creative sectors is just the kind of initiative we value and support. Extending the professional learning of our students as well as the profile of their creative talents enhances their university experience and contributes to their future potential. An imaginative and creative expression of the CSR commitment.”
Recognising that the transition from student life to professional practice can often be a particular challenge for graduates, Travers Smith also offered participating students a range of professional support, including workshops on business skills and pro bono legal advice relevant to being a professional artist. As well as having their artwork exhibited, all works will also be entered into a silent auction, with all the proceeds going directly back to the students.
The firm will also be awarding cash prizes to winning artists, as chosen by an independent panel of judges and a firm-wide vote.
Cover picture: On the left: ’Silver Spoon’ by Madeleine Lewis; on the right: piece from series ‘Confessionals’ by Gökhan Tanrıöver