The new St James Hotel in Nottingham is supporting creative young people in the surrounding areas by giving them a space to display their art works.
The 87-bedroom boutique hotel, formerly known as Rutland Square, underwent a multimillion pound refurbishment last year before re-launching in March with a brand new image. It is now working with local colleges and galleries to discover the talents of emerging artists, and give them a springboard into the creative industry by hosting an exhibition in a special dedicated area of the hotel.
Owner, Harjeet Johal is passionate about supporting local artists and as a result, St James has a strong art ethic. He explains: “It’s all part of an active campaign we are running to encourage young creative people. You’ll see touches of local art dotted around the hotel, and there will always be a revolving exhibition of local artists for guests to see. I’ve seen other hotels have nice art on the walls, but few do it as a genuine attempt to support locals. I was lucky enough to be given a chance to be creative when I was younger and I’d like to help others in the same way.”