The Nave at St Margarets, Uxbridge
Development & Publicity Manager
The Nave was the weekday identity of a
small medieval church in Uxbridge, opened
in 1989 by Margaret Thatcher, which presented each month
a rich mix of cultural events of outstanding quality.
I was chiefly responsible for turning a gleam in a
vicars eye into reality. Employed to handle sponsorship,
press and publicity (above), I was very soon asked to
programme half of the interviews
and talks and all of the performing
arts, seeing each event through from conception
to completion. I also did all the budgeting.
In its first year, The Nave was runner-up for the Illustrated
London News Award for Innovation.
After a review by Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte in
1990, I was put in charge of the whole programme of
100 events a year.
I brought to the margin of London a long succession
of famous artists and key opinion formers, including
newspaper editors, actors, soldiers, poets, sportsmen,
scientists, senior politicians and comics. Highlights
included interviews of Germaine Greer, Ken Livingstone
and Jeremy Paxman and several visits apiece by June
Tabor, Théâtre de Complicité and
the Endellion String Quartet.
In 1991, I flew to Kiev to arrange an exhibition of
over 50 holograms of Ukrainian state treasures exclusive
to The Nave, which was promoted (quirkily) as Light-Fingered
Gold. The Times picked it as its Critics
Choice, and it was seen by over 11,000 people.
The one that
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