From grand on-street sculptures to indoor paintings, tapestries and temporary exhibitions, Broadgate is home to an impressive art collection by acclaimed British and international artists. The person behind our ever-evolving collection is Rosie Glenn, Broadgate City of London Art Curator.
Who better to catch up with for our Broadgate Perspectives season – where we invite you to take a closer look at art, architecture, design and culture in the City. Rosie gives us some insight into her role, thoughts on Broadgate’s collection and the best art events to visit this autumn.
When did your love of art begin?
I've been interested in art for as long as I can remember! I studied History of Art at Nottingham University during the 1980s and started my first job at a London based gallery in 1990. My consultancy business has been operating since 1997, forging long standing relationships with a varied client based in London and throughout the UK including British Land, part of whose collection is based here at Broadgate.
What makes the art at Broadgate special?
The art at Broadgate is amazing. I'm hugely proud of the fact that the vast majority is open to all, not only to those working on site and their visitors, but also to members of the general public who can stroll through Broadgate and take in the incredible architecture and see monumental pieces of sculpture. These works are very varied in style and technique and are by British and international artists - it's a truly global mix, selected and placed to inspire people from day to day.
What’s your favourite Broadgate piece?
I'm sure everyone has a favourite work of art. The Mechanics Institute by William Tillyer is definitely mine. It's in the ground floor lobby of 155 Bishopsgate. Take a look, it's vast. William has worked the paint with such energy and fluidity, creating movement and a sense of landscape and water, plus it sits so well in the space. We were thrilled earlier this year when it was included in Against Nature, a major survey exhibition of Tillyer's work at mima in his native Middlesbrough. William cites British painter John Constable as an influence, I'll be really interested to see the V&A's exhibition of Constable's work The Making of a Master later this month.
What parts of your role at Broadgate do you enjoy most?
Well there's always something going on! We have a varied programme of events and exhibitions such as our sculpture display of Cyclus in the ground floor lobby of 201 Bishopsgate this summer. These pop-up exhibitions are great fun. They enliven our projects and give fresh comparisons to our existing works on site. I also enjoy the technical aspect of our ongoing maintenance programme, this is very rigorous but it's great to take such good care of the pieces.
However, for me the best area is participating in the various art related community and school programmes. I really enjoy hearing what others think about the collection and seeing the work they produce through our study groups. Earlier this year we hosted Captivate, an exhibition by local school children influenced by our existing public art. It's incredibly positive to see the art used in this way, it really makes a difference.
Are there any exiting future plans for Broadgate's art collection?
We've just launched our autumn programme, Broadgate Perspectives, which focuses on art and culture and have quite a bit going on. Matthew Webber hosted some drop in lunchtime sessions in September demonstrating how he creates his pieces and David Walker has just launched his new exhibition at the Broadgate Tower, Relative Space. His works are reflections on architecture and space - I think they look great in the first and second floor lobby areas.
As part of Talking Statues we are looking forward to hearing Segal's Rush Hour in late November and will be judging the writing competition for Flanagan’s Leaping Hare. Lastly, I'm discussing the arrival of a new piece of sculpture to Broadgate in the coming months – watch this space!
Which art events and exhibitions in London will you be going to over the next few months?
Autumn is always such a great time to see exhibitions in London. Several of our Broadgate artists have solo exhibitions opening in the next few months: new works by Jim Dine and Howard Hodgkin will be showcased by Alan Cristea Gallery so I will be calling into Cork Street. One of our most significant works on campus is Fulcrum by the American artist Richard Serra, he has a two location exhibition of sculpture and drawings at London's Gagosian Galleries from 11 October.
Another must for me is Frieze, the international art fair in mid October. This is a real treasure trove of ideas - one of our Broadgate artists Bruce McLean is delivering a keynote lecture and I always enjoy their adjacent Sculpture Park. I also plan to take a look at Sculpture in the City, another great collection of on-street public art which is supported by British Land.
The Turner Prize exhibition is also on my list, lots of the artists whose works are at Broadgate are Turner Prize nominees or winners so I will definitely be going to see this at Tate Britain.
If you have any questions for our Art Curator Rosie Glenn, get in touch with us via Twitter #BroadgatePerspectives, Facebook or email.
Pick up a Broadgate Art Trail leaflet from the Broadgate Welcome Centre to explore our collection in your lunch hour.
Thank you to Rosie Glenn for sharing your thoughts with us for Broadgate Perspectives.