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The profound value of civil disobedience…

We had yet more book prize excitement this November with the announcement that American writer and Oscar nominee David France is the winner of the 2017 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. His £30,000 win was for How to Survive a Plague, his extraordinary account of the struggle to find a treatment for AIDS in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s a fascinating book which underlines the profound value of civil disobedience.

The awards ceremony at RIBA was a truly moving occasion - as one of the guests on my table said, his speech made her feel ‘much less jaded about life’. It’s remarkable how, in the space of a mere two years, the Baillie Gifford Prize has taken off.  Stuart Proffitt, who co-founded the prize with me in 1998, chose the evening to announce his resignation as chair of the directors. I am sad to see him go but look forward to welcoming Peter Bazalgette as our new chair and watching the prize continue to go from strength to strength. 

The magical world of visual arts has been to the fore for us with news of the Michelangelo Foundation’s Homo Faber exhibition scheduled for Venice next September; the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Awards for Artists – and composers; and an exciting photography competition from new client, Picfair, the innovative new stock image library.

That’s all from me for now - and indeed for this year!  I wish you a very happy and peaceful festive season and look forward to regaling you with yet more Four Colman Getty projects in 2018.

All the best


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