Returning to the Office, Artfully


Partial Launches Art Sommelier Service for Canadian Companies  

Art by Sarah Arsenault (foreground) and Kyle Yip (background) in the office spaces in Theory Condos

Toronto, ON – Wednesday, Sept 28, 2022 – The impact of art in the workplace is often under-estimated. With employees being called back to the office on a full-time or hybrid basis, splashes of colour in a painting can alter the mood of a meeting room, or a piece of unusual artwork can provide a talking point as co-workers interact in an otherwise plain corporate space. More importantly, artwork has a direct impact on employee productivity or wellbeing. Research by the UK’s Exeter University found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier – they’re also up to 32 per cent more productive. This same study also found that art in the workplace also helps businesses address key challenges such as reducing stress, increasing creativity and encouraging expression of opinions. 

With 74 per cent of Canadian workers having returned to their pre-pandemic working conditions (source Ipsos), Partial, an affordable online art gallery that boasts diverse and emerging artists from across Canada, is helping companies create a workspace that encourages productivity and welcomes employees back to the office with the launch of a corporate art sommelier service.

“With over 700 artists from across Canada on Partial’s site and thousands of pieces of art, we firmly believe we have a piece to suit every space,” says Tammy Yiu Coyne, co-founder of Partial. “But, we also know that buying art, especially for shared and public spaces like an office, can be a daunting, time consuming process. With people returning to the office, our Art Sommelier service helps companies bring art to their workspaces and support Canadian artists.” 

Partial provides a seamless concierge service to companies, managing every step of the art buying or renting process. Companies across Canada get a dedicated art curator focused on: 

  • Creating a tailored wish list
  • Choosing the right art for the space via virtual and/or in-person consultations
  • Managing the art acquisition process with the artists
  • Coordinating delivery and installation of the art
  • Providing information display cards to share the story of the local artists

“We worked with Partial to help make our new office an inviting and productive space,” said Jennifer Johnson, Operations Manager of One Queen Capital Inc, located in Toronto’s Bay Wellington Tower. “During a time in which I was managing countless external parties, working with Partial was a dream. Tammy and Maggie worked with our budget and managed the entire process; ensuring every step in this process was seamless whilst providing straightforward solutions and strong, consistent communication throughout. I appreciated all their efforts to help me get the pieces installed, and the whole team is delighted with the results.”   

Artwork by Toronto artist Lorette C. Luzajic add personality and character to Caseware’s Toronto office

After years of remote work and #WFH culture, creating a vibrant office environment is more important than ever. To learn more about Partial’s art sommelier for companies, visit us here.

About Partial 

Partial is an online platform where art collectors of any level can discover diverse, emerging artists from across Canada and invest in original art through unique purchase and rental models. Our platform harnesses the latest technologies for a custom, human-centered e-commerce experience that allows anyone to discover new artists and artwork, grow their art collection & communicate directly with artists. Over 50 per cent of the artists on Partial are BIPOC artists. One per cent of the art purchases and rentals on Partial are donated to the Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA). To learn more about Partial, visit their website.

For more information, contact Maggie Fairs at