“People are the most expensive, complex, and valuable asset of any company. But all too often, they are the least understood.“

School of Life for Business


Bring the power of art into your workplace


Emma Drye has more than 20 years’ experience as an artist and university educator. She specialises in short-term art residencies within organisations. Emma talks with individuals in a non-intrusive, discreet and empathetic way about their role and creates art pieces specific to them and their workplace. The experience can be a revelatory way for people to reconnect with their jobs and sense of professional self and testimonials have been remarkable.




“This has been a highlight of my twenty years in the service”

“Thanks so much for such a wonderful experience- I found it incredibly moving and it filled me with the true sense of awe that I have buried deep inside but is continually overlaid with layers of emails, bureaucracy and exhaustion. I thought about it a great deal over the weekend. Thank you for your insight and a really immersive experience.”

“Emma has magical powers”

“Having an artist here working with staff was groundbreaking”



If you choose to invite me to work with you, I will spend time within your organisation observing, conversing or even shadowing. There will be minimal to no impact on work time – and no enforced involvement.

I use lunchtime talks, leaflets and posters to explain what an artist does and what my presence entails. When I get an idea for an art work, I will ask the member of staff to whom it relates if they are happy for me to make it and who the audience for it should be.

Past projects include installing an opera singer in a storeroom, engraving forks for the staff canteen, creating an oil painting, developing an optical illusion gif and making wrapping paper for a gift shop. Art works are usually gifted to the employees to whom they relate.


To find out more about the benefits of hosting an artist, costs and my code of conduct, please do get in contact via this site or:

email: emmadrye@gmail

mob:07549 641679

tel:0131 6236263

insta: @artdrye



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