Art galleries play a vital part in society’s art scene. People go to art galleries to get a taste of it. Artists created pieces to be displayed here. Art galleries bring people from all walks of life together and have given them the unique ability to have long-lasting effects on cities, communities, and people’s lives. Art galleries have a role in placemaking, society, culture, economy, sustainability, well-being, wisdom, and innovation, in addition to gathering and viewing artworks. Let’s look at several art galleries that serve as the apex of a city in various parts of the world.

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Placemaking & Social Engagement

Art galleries play a vital role in urban planning and community development, which boosts local economies and leads to more innovation, cultural variety, and civic involvement. People come not just to enjoy artwork but also to receive fuel for their daily lives. People can work with groups, art galleries, and federal agencies to help construct a cultural network in society. Communities and companies gain from increased social cohesiveness, better health and economic benefits, and the creative energy and beauty of a place enriched by arts and culture. Public art inspires individuals to take action dynamically to benefit society.

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The Blue Trees initiative, for example, provides just that for the Denver Theatre District. The project, which spans 16 city blocks, prioritises civic involvement in the neighbourhood. The project comprises 156 blue trees (dyed with ecologically friendly, non-toxic, natural blue pigment) that raise awareness about worldwide deforestation as well as the value of trees to human life and the environment. The Blue Trees project featured a one-of-a-kind piece of art and included hundreds of free, family-friendly activities to link the community and the cause.

Economic Growth

Art galleries generate jobs while stimulating local economies through consumer spending and tourism. Crafts, advertising, graphic arts, and cultural tourism are all part of the art and culture industry. Through taxation, creative sectors directly contribute to the economy of cities.

In 2012, the Maryland State Arts Council discovered that arts groups created $1.07 billion in overall economic effect in fiscal 2012, and Baltimore City is listed as the country’s number ten arts destination. According to the National Survey of Participation in the Arts, Baltimore and Washington have a higher-than-average rate of attendance at performance and creative arts events. Art festivals, exhibits, fairs, and other events held by art galleries generate significant revenue in Baltimore. Art galleries do more than simply sell artwork; they also provide economic prospects in a city.

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Cultural Development

Every city’s creative economy should be measured. The local authorities can better map their cultural and art assets to grasp these creative businesses’ economic benefits. This includes keeping art industry data up to date and conducting a continuous inventory of art assets. A continuous inventory assists in determining the economic benefit of art and culture to a community. This allows them to save vital arts and cultural data that can be utilised to guide state economic development policies. The information gathered is utilised to build local economic development and tourist projects and coordinate cultural development activities. Because the importance of art galleries in the city and local economic growth is sometimes underestimated, particular attention should be paid to them.

Tourism

The major state of art galleries policy is to boost tourism. Cultural tourism is growing in popularity and, as a result, is becoming an essential component of economic growth. According to Partners in Tourism, the essential components of a sustainable economy are culture, heritage, and tourism. The municipal government can devise novel techniques to promote cultural tourism planning and marketing their distinctive arts. This draws additional visitors and doubles the economic impact of tourism on a city.

Well-Being

During the recent covid outbreak, we experienced solitude and mental sickness. Following the epidemic, art galleries can serve as a healing medium. Making art as a form of mental health treatment dates back to the mid-twentieth century, when troops returning from World War II battlefields were left with a condition known as “shell shock,” but is now known as a post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans painted, sketched, sculpted, and created other types of art to help them absorb what they had seen and experienced during the conflict.

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We cannot dismiss art galleries’ role in improving society or this circumstance. Today, doctors are recommending art in a variety of forms as a way to avoid sickness. The Arts on Prescription initiative, funded by Arts Council England, has found that when individuals actively visit galleries and museums, hospital admissions fall by 27% and GB consultation rates fall by 37%. In 2017, the findings of a two-year study were compiled in a report on arts health and wellbeing by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts Health and Wellbeing. The paper claims that the UK has not yet recognised the potential art has to support medical procedures and urges for a shift in the culture of our healthcare system. 

Even the speeches about art at galleries educate us and encourage more original and free-thinking thought. Thus, we may improve and enhance both our mental and physical well-being.

Reference

The British Museum. (2022). Visiting the British Museum [Photograph]. (British Museum: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/galleries)

Project for Public Spaces (2015). Creative Communities and Arts-Based Placemaking. [online]. (Last updated 12 June 2015). Available at: https://www.pps.org/article/creative-communities-and-arts-based-placemaking [Accessed 2 December 2022].

Larkey A. | Nodotarts.com. (2022). The Blue Tree Project [Photograph]. (The Blue Tree Project Photograph by Adam Larkey: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/galleries)

The Importance of the Arts in Economic Development (2015). The Importance of the Arts in Economic Development. [online]. (Last updated 2015). Available at: https://www.greaterbaltimore.org/news/blog/importance-arts-economic-development [Accessed 2 December 2022].

Baltimore.org (2022) Economic Growth| Visitors of BMA [Photograph]. (Visitors of BMA Photograph by Baltimore.org: https://baltimore.org/what-to-do/top-baltimore-art-museums/)

Riseart.com (2022). Art for Wellbeing: The Relationship of Art and Mental Health. [online]. (Last updated 2015). Available at: https://www.riseart.com/guide/2278/art-collections-art-and-wellbeing-the-healing-power-of-art [Accessed 3 December 2022].

Stirworld.com (2019) Water Temple by Song Dong 2018 installation Kochi Muziris Biennale [Photograph]. (Stirworld.com: https://www.stirworld.com/see-features-un-silenced-at-kochi-biennale-part-iii)

Author

Muhammad Shafayet Hossain is an architect, artist, designer and researcher who is currently working at MSH Atelier. Remarkably making contemporary ideas and working as an artist in the contemporary art scene in Bangladesh. Also, he is associated with working in Research and related fields of Architecture.

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