Perdita Hunt to step down at Watts Gallery

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Perdita Hunt is to leave the Watts Gallery near Guildford next summer after 12 years as director after restoring the gallery, acquiring the Watts’s home and saving the Watts Chapel.

“During her time, Perdita has master-minded a rebirth of Watts Gallery, from quiet backwater to cultural powerhouse” said Richard Ormond, chairman of the Watts Gallery trustees. ”The acquisition of Limnerslease, the Arts & Crafts house built by G.F. and Mary Watts as a rural retreat, has added a whole new dimension to the Watts offering and quadrupled the size of the estate. The opening of the great studios in 2016, after a £5million fund-raising campaign, has been warmly received. Watts Gallery Trust has also assumed responsibility for the nearby cemetery and cemetery chapel, Mary Watts’s Arts & Crafts extravaganza. The gallery and related buildings, now renamed ‘Watts Gallery-Artists’ Village’, have become an Arts & Crafts destination.”

Before joining the Watts Gallery in 20094 Hunt worked in senior leadership positions in the Arts Council, National Heritage Memorial Fund and WWF.  Before that she was Development and Marketing Director at Aldeburgh Music and Theatre Projects and co-ordinator at Chapter Arts Centre.  She works as a Leadership Insight consultant ( and as a tutor on The Recess College ( She is also a trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, a member of the Arts Council South East committee, and trustee of Baynards Zambia Trust which supports self-help projects in Zambia.  She was awarded the OBE in 2015 for services to the arts.

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