Shared workspace provider The Office Group and Acrylicize, an art and design studio, have invested in the arts start-up Creative Debuts.
Founded in 2014 by Alex Rollings and Calum Hall, Creative Debuts provides a free global platform for the undiscovered artists and designers by connecting them with potential supporters, buyers and renters of artworks.
The start-up was born out of frustration over the lack of opportunities for up-and-coming artists, as well as a desire to make art more accessible. The online platform allows artists to showcase and sell their work and gives buyers – whether individuals or businesses – the chance to unearth today’s emerging talent.
TOG has previously collaborated with Creative Debuts and Acrylicize to curate original works of art for the business’s portfolio of 32 flexible workspaces, totalling 1m sq ft.
Charlie Green, Co-CEO of The Office Group, said: “We have been very impressed with Alex and Calum’s dedication to this innovative business idea that nurtures talented artists. Art is integral to the design of our offices, so Creative Debuts complements our ethos at The Office Group, which is to create inspiring workplaces that help businesses grow.”
Paul Arad, Managing Director of Acrylicize, added: “We feel that the vision of a global community for emerging artists making artwork readily accessible perfectly aligns with our studio’s ethos and philosophy. The excitement for such a venture is further enhanced by the focus and drive of its founders Alex and Calum. We are delighted to be involved in this business and a cause we believe so strongly in.”
Callum Hall, Director and Co-Founder of Creative Debuts, said: “This investment will catapult Creative Debuts to the next level by allowing us to continue developing the platform for emerging artists and art lovers. Having the backing of such key strategic partners will allow Creative Debuts to fulfil its true potential as the voice for the brightest undiscovered artists and designers.”