It is with great sadness that we learned of the news of the death of Hugo Burge, one of Wasps Trustees.

Hugo has been a Trustee of Wasps since 2018. As well as a successful entrepreneur who challenged our team to think differently, with ambition but with humility, he was an incredible advocate for the arts through Wasps, his projects at Marchmont House and the Marchmont Makers’ Foundation. He is an irreplaceable personality who will be greatly missed, but leaves behind an incredible legacy both in his work with Wasps and beyond.

The news came as a great shock to all of us at Wasps, fellow Trustees, staff and our artists who have taken part in residencies at Marchmont.

Hugo’s passion and purpose at his beloved Marchmont was to make a home for makers and creators; to shine a light on the incredible diversity of skills, to make it a crucible for creative discussion. His life mission: to create and curate artworks and find spaces for artists to work and thrive.

As a Wasps trustee for the past five years, he brought that same passion, energy and enthusiasm to help us grow creative spaces.  His legacy will live on – not just in places like Marchmont and Wasps’ studios – but in the generations of artists who have been nurtured and inspired by his remarkable spirit.

Our condolences to Hugo’s family and Marchmont Team.

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