Friends of Hospitalfield Talk: Perdita Hunt on the Watts Gallery Trust

1 November 2018

A trained arts administrator, Perdita has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council England, 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.

The Watts Gallery has a familiar history to the one that we know so well at Hospitalfield. Initially the home of the artist George Frederick Watts (1817-1904) and his wife, designer and artists Mary Watts (1849-1938). In 1900 Mary Founded the Compton Pottery where she expanded her philanthropic ideas through teaching local people to use terracotta pottery techniques. Mary was also the driving force behind the creation of the wonderful Watts Chapel where she and Frederick are now buried.

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 the artists’ home 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 the Foundling Museum and Baynards Zambia Trust which supports self-help projects in Zambia.

Perdita is Executive Director of The Recess College www.recesscollege.org –  – an international leadership programme for senior professionals and she is consultant for Leadership Insight www.leadershipinsight.org

This talk is free for members of Friends of Hospitalfields, and £5 for non-members. To confirm your attendance, please book here.

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