Leeds Arts University Student Jonathan Kelly has received a £1,000 commission from law firm Addleshaw Goddard to produce a unique piece of artwork for its offices in Sovereign Square, in a project run exclusively with the university.

In an effort to find a bespoke piece of local artwork for its modern reception space, the firm collaborated with the university to challenge Jonathan and his fellow students to submit an individual or body of artwork that will create a visual impact, enhance the office, and greet visitors and clients as they arrive. 

An Addleshaw Goddard approved panel, advised by Jane Winfrey, paintings and fine art expert at Bonhams Yorkshire, selected Jonathan's multi-coloured 'untitled' pen on paper design, appreciating   how well it contrasted with the space's colour palate of white grey and silver.

The project has been set up to run initially for three years, and will see the firm grant a series of £1,000 commissions to students, intended to assist them in continuing to produce new and exciting work. 

Simon Kamstra, Head of Addleshaw Goddard's Leeds office, comments: "Art brings many benefits to a business, its workforce and clients. By commissioning a bespoke piece, we not only have a focal point for our office – which reflects the environment in which we work - but has emphasised a core strand of our local market strategy which is focused on partnering and collaborating with businesses, universities, arts organisations and charities in the region. 

"This piece is a wonderful addition to our Leeds office and we are delighted to be able to showcase the talent of an up & coming local artist."

Andrew Jones, Head of Careers, Enterprise and Employability at Leeds Arts University, said: 

Addleshaw Goddard have provided a fantastic opportunity for our students not only to showcase their artwork outside of the University, but also giving them payment for their work, which is so important to allow students the time and resources they need to create. It is so beneficial for our students to get the chance to work on these sorts of projects as they gain valuable, first hand, experience of working with external clients.

"We look forward to working with Addleshaw Goddard again in the future, and to seeing the variety of creative work our students produce.