Director of Watts Gallery Trust awarded OBE for services to the Arts

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Posted 24th June 2015

We are delighted to announce that Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery Trust, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for her services to the Arts.

Perdita has been Director of Watts Gallery since 2004, when first appointed to lead the Hope project and is now leading the way for the recreation of the Artists' Village with the restoration of Watts Studios and Limnerslease.

Commenting Perdita said:

'I am deeply grateful to receive this honour on behalf of Watts Gallery –Artists' Village and for services to the Arts. I could not have achieved this without the tremendous support, generosity and selfless commitment of so many people – the staff team, Trustees, volunteers, benefactors, the Heritage Lottery Fund, mentors, friends and my family.

Bringing back the vision and the legacy of G F and M S Watts in a hollow of the Surrey Hills has been a privilege and I hope that in opening the Watts Studios later this year, the Artists' Village will be enjoyed as a destination of national, if not international importance, by present and future generations.'