Posted 16th October 2017
Watts Contemporary Gallery
The Foundling Museum announces new trustee appointment
The Foundling Museum is delighted to announce that Perdita Hunt OBE, DL has been appointed to the Museum's Board of Trustees.
Perdita Hunt has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, WWF-UK and most recently as Director of Watts Gallery – Artists' Village. Previously, Perdita served as Theatre Projects Co-ordinator at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Marketing and Development Director at the Aldeburgh Foundation in Suffolk and Press Advisor to Suffolk Crafts Society.
As Director of Watts Gallery Trust, Perdita led the Hope Restoration Project to save the future of Watts Gallery and its collection. This was followed by the Watts Studios project which restored the Studio wing of Limnerslease – establishing Watts Gallery – Artists' Village as a unique campus promoting the Watts legacy of Art for All. Perdita is currently a member of the South East Committee of the Arts Council, a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund and an advisor on the Collections and Acquisition committee of the National Trust. She is a Trustee of Baynards Zambia Trust which supports self-help projects in Zambia, a consultant for Leadership Insight and Executive Director of The Recess College, an international leadership programme for senior professionals.
Larissa Joy, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: 'I am delighted that Perdita Hunt has accepted the invitation to join the Board of Trustees at the Foundling Museum. Perdita's deep and extensive understanding of the arts sector, her experience in leading museums and galleries and her understanding of British heritage assets will be of enormous benefit to the Museum in the years ahead.'
Perdita Hunt said: 'I am delighted to be joining the eminent board of Trustees at the Foundling Museum led by the Chair, Larissa Joy. I have been inspired and moved by the Foundling stories and awed by the achievements of the Foundling Museum team under the inspired leadership of its Director, Caro Howell. It is a privilege to work with a museum founded from the first children's charity in the UK, which is the first public art gallery in the UK and which exemplifies innovative philanthropy. Its work of engaging contemporary artists in the Foundling Hospital story is stimulating and unique.'
The past few years have been the busiest ever for the Museum, with national media coverage and positive reviews. For the first time in its history in 2016 the Museum received over 50,000 visitors, a 16% increase on the previous year. The Museum is governed by an independent board of trustees who bring with them expertise in a range of fields, including the management and running of museums and galleries, together with experience in education, public relations, marketing and general management. These new appointments take membership of the board to a total of fifteen.
Read more on Perdita's appointment here.