The world, as Seán O'Casey would have it, is in ‘a terrible state o' chassis’ post-Brexit and we at Four Colman Getty have found ourselves operating in one of the most challenging media environments I can ever remember. News desks aren’t that interested in a fabulous cultural project when another political scandal is about to break and features editors would rather write about the emerging personalities than our culture clients.
However, despite the media spotlight being firmly focused on Westminster, we have managed to launch three big new arts stories during July. There’s more information from Truda on each inside but I do just want to flag up one which has rightly caught the public’s imagination.
Overnight on Friday 1st July, millions of pounds worth of priceless masterpieces by celebrated British Artists were switched for copies at museums and galleries around the UK. The stunt was part of Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge a forthcoming series for Sky Arts starring Giles Coren and Rose Balston, produced by IWC Media and GroupM Entertainment.
Throughout July, members of the public of all ages and experience have been invited to use their detective skills to spot the seven copies hiding in plain sight on the walls of six galleries in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London and Manchester. All seven displays are also available for investigation online, via the competition website: skyartsfake.com. Do have a go - and watch out for the series on Sky Arts in the new year.
We’ve been working once again this year with New Designers, the UK’s most important graduate design show, which takes place over a fortnight in Islington’s Business Design Centre. This, the 31st show, has attracted some very significant coverage as well as 15,000 visitors during its run.
New clients this month included The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester which launched a major new exhibition on Graphene and a one-day conference for the Service Design Network which took place in London, with the aim of growing support and awareness of the industry as well as highlighting the importance of Service Design.
Finally we are thrilled to be working with Egmont Publishing on a new book especially published to mark Winnie the Pooh’s 90th birthday. That much loved bear is in good company, given that both the Queen and David Attenborough celebrated their 90ths this year and we’re planning some very Pooh-like mischief to go alongside his big day. Watch this space!
And then - really finally - we’ve just this week issued the fresh and exciting longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. There are 13 titles on the list, many by new writers who will stand alongside established names such as J.M.Coetzee and A. L. Kennedy in the running for the 2016 prize. The shortlist is announced on 13 September and the winner on 25 October so you’ve no excuse not to try a few for yourself in the weeks to come.
That’s all from me for now. I hope you have a lovely summer and we’ll be back with more Four Colman Getty news next month