It’s a bit late in the day to be saying it but Happy New Year to you all. 2016 got off to a great start on the cultural front with a rousing speech from Chancellor George Osborne on the strength on the UK creative economy.
Speaking at the Creative Industry Federation’s first anniversary event, he said that current government supports the Arts for two reasons; first because investing in the culture has proven financial benefits, ‘You put the money in, and you get the money out’. The second reason he said is, ‘Art for Art’s sake’.
We’ve had two creative highlights at Four Colman Getty this month. The first was the London Art Fair, an increasingly popular show in Islington’s Business Centre. It was great to see strong visitor figures and a growing interest in photography, ceramics and digital work.
Our second cultural highlight of the month was the launch of James MacManus’ Midnight in Berlin, a truly gripping novel, based on fact, about a possible plot to assassinate Hitler. The Daily Mail, amongst others, gave the book a rave review, describing it as a ‘cracking novel’. James launched his book in great style with a packed party at the Polish Hearth Club in South Ken and the book is selling like hotcakes. Do get a copy – it’s a real page-turner and certainly left me thinking, 'What if...?'.
This is a brief newsletter this month but, with lots of exciting new business rolling in, we’ll have more to tell you about in February. Meantime, Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to the Year of the Monkey.