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Nicholas Serota joins Companions of Honour in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Other honourees include Grayson Perry, Anish Kapoor and Thomas Heatherwick

Tate director Nicholas Serota

Nicholas Serota, the director of the Tate who already has a knighthood, has joined the Companions of Honour (CH) for his services to art as part of The Queen’s Birthday Honours list, released this weekend. This is often considered as just a step below the Order of Merit, the highest honour that is given to a civilian. It is limited to 24 living members, who currently include the British Museum's director Neil MacGregor, the artists David Hockney and Anthony Caro, as well as the architect Norman Foster.

Others receiving honours include Julia Somerville, the chair of the government art collection advisory committee, and Thomas Heatherwick, the designer, responsible for the London 2012 Olympic cauldron. They were both made Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). The artist Grayson Perry was made a Commander (CBE), while the philanthropist Janet Wolfson de Botton was made a Dame Commander (DBE). And Anish Kapoor, the artist whose work includes the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower at the Olympic Park, was given a knighthood for his services to the visual arts.

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