Aims, Trustees & Artists
Regardless of their age or background we believe everyone can benefit from creative inspiration in their lives. Our principle aims as a charity are to promote Art and creative activity, to inspire, empower and enable people to develop and grow.
We do this by
Giving a platform to artists and makers
Providing creative activities and courses for all ages and abilities
Delivering creative projects focusing on community health and wellbeing.
Our work takes place in a safe environment within the historic Old Town Hall Somerton.
Alyson Martin MBE
Career in Social Care, retired as CEO for Somerset Care in 2015, since then
Care Director for the Stepping Stone Group. Trustee since July 2016 and current Chair.
Ceramic artist 40 years, former Trustee of Devon Guild and founding Trustee of ACE, Art Director for the Stepping Stone Group. Trustee since Oct 2015.
Andrew Larpent OBE
25 years in the Army (Lieutenant Colonel), then in business and CEO for CLIC, CEO for Somerset Care 2001-2011, then 5 years CEO Southern Cross Care in South Australia, also a Trustee for Abbeyfield. Trustee since May 2017.
Building Society financial management and retired Assistant Director Community Services (Somerset Care), now freelance administrator. Trustee since Jan 2017, Vice Chair
Sir (John) Sebastian Chance Bt
BA Hons Fine Art, career has been an Art Teacher in various parts of the UK and is a sculptor and artist, He is also the Somerset Art Works South Somerset Area Representative. Trustee since 1.3.18
Rachel Hartley BSC (hons)
Agriculture and Environmental science, 25years experience in global sales, Systems accountant, business development, Education and research UK and worldwide. Psychotherapist. Trustee since 1.3.18
First degree in physics followed by a masters in acoustics and a diploma in public health. Career before retiring was in the public sector as a Public Health Officer. UK and some overseas projects. Moved to Somerton about 2 years ago. Trustee since May 2019.
Career has included Office Management/Corporate Services/Sales, across various business sectors, including District Council and Housing Trust, moved to Somerton 2019. Trustee since June 2019.
Dr David Lines BA (Econ) MA PhD FHEA
Emeritus Professor The Robert Gordon University (RGU) Aberdeen. Lives in West Dorset. Ten years teaching in secondary schools; over twenty in universities, a decade of which involved teacher training. Trustee since June 2019.
We are proud to represent the following artists, designers and makers.
Caroline Mornement, Patrick Caruth, Kate Lynch, Red Robin books, Kate Mears, Ann Evans, Robin Savill & Sandra Meech
David Brown, Dennis Chinaworks, June Dobson, Rowena Kinsman, Jo Lucksted, Emma Riley, Frank Martin, West End Pottery, Nick Rees, Paul Stubs, Sue Williams, Brigitte Colleaux, Michael Boulton & Ella Philips
Clare Maryan-Green, Kate Osman, Kate Doig & Shakspeare Glass
Caroline Parrott, Caroline Tetley, Clare Lloyd, Prue Biddle, Sue Hall, Maggie Laing, Penny Price, Solange, Julia Thompson, Holly Webb, Rachel Reilly, Ann Bruford, Liz Shewan, Carolyn Williamson, Misha Seelhoff, Elly Englefield-Morgans, Janice Petitjean, Pistachio Grey, Natty Deco, I am Rachel & Ruth Lyne
Brian Hutchings & John Waters
PRINTMAKING & PAINTING
Ann Fagan, Barbara Karn, Lesley Fawcett, Jean Stevens, Jackie Spurrier, Kaye Parmenter, Steve Manning, Rowena Payne, Lis Biesty, Annie Musgrove, Pauline Pearce, Sky Siouki, Donna Lawley-Hopton, Andrea Clark, Stephanie Myler & Lynn Keddie
Angela Morley, Lisa Purchase, Pippa Hill, Pamela Stewart-Pearson, Sheena Spacey, Sue Masters, Lou Musgrave, Chris Kampf, Anita Peach, Jo Horrobin & The Little Paper Factory
Anna Falke, Buffy Fletcher, Chloe Morter, Jennie Loader, Lydia Needle, Tessa Harris, Sara Finch, Joy Merron, Raggy Roux, Angela Knapp, Eva Kacseti & Kate Norton
Dave Appleby, Matt Belfrage, Stephen Stokes, Paul O’Donnell & Jane Leakey