Ruthin Craft Centre director, Philip Hughes has been to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE.
Mr Hughes, was accompanied to London by his colleague Jane Gerrard and was presented with his award by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
He received the award in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours list in recognition for his services to art and craft after helping to transform Ruthin Craft Centre into one of the most distinguished in the country.
He said: “It’s an incredible honour and I’m delighted to accept it on behalf of my colleagues and all craftspeople from Wales and beyond, whose work we promote through exhibitions and educational events. I see this award as being shared with all of them.”
He added: “It was a fascinating day at Buckingham Palace and I really enjoyed having a look at the stunning art on display in the picture gallery. It was fantastic.”
Mr Hughes has worked at Ruthin Craft Centre for more than 25 years. Under his direction, the centre was awarded £3.2m of lottery funding in 2005. The original building was demolished and replaced with a new facility that opened in 2008 and has become a renowned arts hub which attracts large numbers of visitors from throughout the UK and abroad.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “We would like to congratulate Philip. He is well-renowned in his field and has a global reputation for his wealth of experience and commitment.
“He is a great ambassador for the Council, for the Craft Centre and the wider arts industry in Wales.”
Posted on Thursday 2nd March 2017