The art of austerity - the surprisingly close ties between the worlds of art and law
The Adelaide Nature Reserve is a community wildlife garden close to the railway tracks in Camden, North London. Last autumn, graphic artist Lindsay Noble was commissioned to design a mural to be painted over a graffiti-covered wall. An application was placed with the Arts Council for funding, but it was duly rejected. Corporate sponsorship was the next stop, Noble explains, which is how a team of lawyers from White & Case and bankers from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) spent a Saturday applying colour to an 'encyclopaedia wall' of wildlife. "It turned out for the best," Noble says. "The law firm had its client day and the nature reserve got its mural. Everyone's a winner."
Combining community involvement with art acquisitions, JDG Chambers discovers there is more to law firm art than what’s on the walls
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