Sitting in a bland office, decorated only by fake flowers, Scott Ko came up with a brilliant idea to inspire employees while also supporting local emerging artists.
Entrepreneur Scott Ko, 36, is the founder and CEO of ColourSpace, an arts social enterprise that helps organisations refresh their work and communal spaces by providing art as a service.
ColourSpace’s purpose is to transform staid environments into dynamic galleries by displaying and changing art on a regular basis. All art is sourced directly from local emerging artists, who share in the revenue.
“I came up with the idea of ColourSpace while sitting in the office space at my previous job.
“The office had someone come through regularly to change the fake flowers near reception; however, when I asked if it was possible to change the artwork that had been on the walls for almost a decade, I was met with a chorus of: ‘Too expensive, too hard, we don’t know how.’ And so I thought, ‘What if I created a service that changed the art instead?’
“Regularly changing office art gives employees something new and inspiring to engage with. It can spark discussions, inspire and foster creativity and has been proven to positively impact mental health.”
Similar to fresh flower delivery services that brighten offices, ColourSpace curates a selection of fresh artworks — delivering, installing and changing them every three months.
Since launching in 2016, ColourSpace has contributed over $45,000 in revenue to artists through royalties and sales and 10 per cent of their revenue goes towards supporting art programs for local, disadvantaged communities.
“We’ve displayed over 500 individual pieces of artwork to date and have helped artists sell more than 10 per cent of them,” shared founder Scott Ko. “In essence, we’re able to pay artists to get their works out on display and for sale.”
ColourSpace is now headed for Sydney, on a mission to turn the city into a gallery supporting local artists.
To date, ColourSpace has reinvigorated walls of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Victorian Governor Solicitor’s Office, University of Melbourne and Property Exchange Australia.
The funded social enterprise is also planning a capital raise later in the year to support growth Australia-wide.
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of My Business.
Maja has an extensive career as a journalist across finance, business and market intelligence. Prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja spent several years unravelling social, political and economic intricacies in Eastern Europe.
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