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Summer in the City

July in London – summer in the City – has passed in a shimmer of heat. Life has been every bit as hot at Four Colman Getty with a welter of high profile projects on the go.

Heritage was to the forefront this month with our events team handling a prestigious two day Heritage Exchange conference on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Fund with the RSA. The 25 speakers, including Sir Peter Bazalgette and Loyd Grossman, debated the role of heritage today and for the future. It was a terrific project for us to be involved in, with the backing of our design and digital team at Four who created the branding and website.

The longlist for the first global Man Booker Prize was announced last week and, as ever, attracted a storm of media attention. The rules of the prize have changed this year to include any novel written originally in English and published in the UK within the eligible dates. Contrary to what some of the critics had feared, the list was not dominated by American writers, with four out of the 13 hailing from the US. A particular talking point is that one of the books, Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake, was crowdfunded by Unbound, whom we launched a couple of years ago. Unbound’s PR Director, Rachael Kerr, tells me that the longlisting has catapulted the concept of crowdfunding to a much higher level and it’s great to see the prize having such a significant effect.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), the leading voice of graduate recruiters and developers has been a Four Colman Getty client for almost two decades. July is a peak time for the organisation with its Summer Conference in Liverpool followed by the bi-annual graduate recruitment survey.

Another employment survey from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) revealed that nearly half of UK managers work at least one day of unpaid overtime per week. That certainly rang a bell some of us in the office!

Totally Thames, the exciting new month-long arts and cultural celebration of London’s river, launched its full programme this month. This inaugural programme will feature arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, thrilling river races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, as well as river-linked activities in all 17 London riverside boroughs. Highlights of the month will include the first ever UK commission for renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, known for his outsized Rubber Duck. Watch out too for the Fire Garden by Carabosse at Battersea Power Station, one of the last ever public events before the site closes for development, as internationally renowned French installation artists transform the iconic grounds into a spectacular display of fire and light.

On the design front, July saw the opening of the graduate design exhibition, New Designers, which we worked on for the second time in 2014. The show saw high profile visits from Harriet Harman and David Willetts.

Looking forward to August, Lydia Davis is speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival on Sunday 24 August about her Man Booker International Prize win in 2013. Val McDermid will be there too on 19 August, talking about her new novel, The Skeleton Road. If you’re planning to be in Edinburgh, do come along and see them both!

That’s it for this month

All best

Dotti 

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