Curating the space: Helen Buckley shares her hospitality, workplace and residential art tips in Interior Designer magazine

From hospitality lobbies to private residential spaces, there is artwork that speaks to every client on every level. ARTIQ Head of Arts, Helen Buckley sat down with Interior Designer magazine to share her top tips on how to choose the perfect art for the perfect space.


Artworks we select for hospitality environments are usually luxurious in quality and tell a story about a hotel or restaurant’s location or brand. Figurative works often work well for this sector, as having a tangible object within an artwork expresses more of an easily-identifiable narrative and can be related to more readily by the high footfall of passing guests.

This artwork by Claire Brewster would suit a variety of hospitality settings, because it has the added interest of being three dimensional, meaning that guests can interact with it at a deeper level. Claire’s sculptural paperworks are crafted from vintage maps, which can link to historical events or themes of travel, a perfect way to mirror a hotel’s very function. The smaller scale of this artwork also encourages the viewer to view the artwork more closely, as well as permitting its installation in a variety of locations.


Claire Brewster, Can’t See the Wood. Hand cut vintage maps of Great Britain 860 x 1200 mm


Abstract artworks are often more desirable in a corporate setting, where an art collection should reflect the company’s ethos and brand, while ensuring that the artworks are ‘safe’ enough to be enjoyed by what is often a staff of several thousand, as well as their most important visiting clientele.

Dragica Carlin’s works are oil paintings that are produced on a very large scale; perfect for those immense reception walls and making a real statement to staff and visitors upon entrance. Her works are created in a variety of rich colours, so a tone can easily be found that not only matches the office’s interior design palette but emulates the company’s brand. Because of the scale of walls in many office buildings, large oil paintings really make an impact. They fill a space but can also be enjoyed from a distance – ideal for anyone in a massive office whose desk might be a long way away!


Dragica Carlin, Looking Closer, Series 1. Oil on canvas, 1400 x 2000 mm


With residential projects, artworks need to be more ‘domestic’ in style, whilst expressing some element of luxury for high-end developments. The artworks we curate are often for residential developments and so the artworks might tell a story about the locale of the development, for example. For a private home-owner, we would naturally seek to reflect existing tastes and interests, whilst also hoping to increase their frame of reference.

Rod McIntosh’s minimalist, sculptural ink artworks are a superb choice for residential interiors, as his muted palette of monotones suits most décor, whilst his use of metallic leaf helps add a touch of luxury. The glossy finish of this particular artwork is bang on trend, whilst the circular format adds a touch of intrigue and originality beyond traditional rectangular canvas. Based on meditation, breath and gesture, these artworks create a sense of calm within a home and balance the energy of a space.



Rod McIntosh. Indian ink on Chinese mulberry paper, mounted onto Fabriano cartridge on board, copper leaf & resin 800 x 800 x 50 mm

ARTIQ Opinion, Helen Buckley.