It’s nothing new but it still takes me by surprise me how, every year, September flashes by in a whirlwind of Four Colman Getty activity.
We’ve been working again this month on some of our perennial favourites including Totally Thames and the Man Booker Prize shortlist announcement, which took place on a magical evening in the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion.
There’s more on both later but it’s also been exciting for us to be venturing into pastures new. The three cultural projects that fall under the METAL umbrella - which Matt will tell you about - have been hugely significant and have proved to be ground breaking additions to our cultural place making portfolio. I spent an unforgettable Friday evening with the team at Tilbury Cruise Terminal, now a historic listed building, at the launch of Estuary, a new, biennial arts festival curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary.
A sixteen day programme of art, literature, music and film, Estuary has showcased new commissions from artists such as Caroline Bergvall and Lavinia Greenlaw alongside existing work relating to the site by names such as John Akomfrah and Jeremy Deller. This weekend marks the last few days of the festival, when The Sound of the Thames Delta brings together musicians, writers, artists, film-makers and broadcasters to examine the relationship between place and music, at the end of the world’s longest pier in Southend-on-Sea. There’s still time to catch it and it’s really well worth a visit.
Four Colman Getty’s work in the design sector goes from strength to strength, and last week saw the opening of 100% Design, the UK’s largest trade show for architects and designers at London Olympia. The show, now in its 22nd year, forms the commercial heart of London Design Festival, presenting more than 300 leading national and international exhibitors.
You’ll be aware that the Edinburgh-based investment management partnership Baillie Gifford has become the primary sponsor of the UK’s leading prize for non-fiction, formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize. We’ve got a terrific line up of judges for 2016, chaired by former BBC Economics Editor Stephanie Flanders, and thanks to the generosity of our new sponsor have been able to put in place a much more ambitious programme of events, both public and private. You’ll find details of the newly announced longlist in the newsletter and there’ll be more news on the prize in the lead up to the 15 November winner announcement.
That’s all from me this month – more in October. Meantime happy reading!