Aims, Trustees & Artists

Art Care Education is the registered charity that runs ACEarts.

 Our principle aim as a charity is 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.

Current Trustees


Sir (John) Sebastian Chance Bt (Chair)

BA Hons Fine Art, career has been an Art Teacher in various parts of the UK and is a sculptor and artist. Trustee since 1.3.18

Shirley Chapman

Building Society financial management and retired Assistant Director Community Services (Somerset Care), now freelance administrator. Trustee since Jan 2017, Vice Chair


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.


Lucy Knapp

Young Trustee since Nov 2021


Geoffrey Bertram

Geoffrey Bertram has over forty years’ experience of working with modern and contemporary art from working in galleries in Edinburgh, Toronto and London. After moving to Somerset he set up Bertram Arts which promoted the work of Somerset artists through exhibitions and art fairs. Between 2008 and 2012 he was the curator for the Art for Life programme at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton. From 2005 to March 2019 Geoffrey was chair of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, a charity established by the renowned St Andrews/St Ives artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004). Besides an ongoing love for contemporary art his current focus is on old master prints. Trustee since January 2022.


Andrew Elfick

Andrew trained as a Business Systems Analyst and worked in the financial industry for several years before starting a small Management Consultancy specialising in change and project management.  He moved from South East London to the Somerset Levels in 2002 before moving into South Petherton in 2018.  He has been active with ACEarts from its early days and became a Trustee in 2020.



We are proud to represent the following artists, designers and makers.



Patrick Caruth, Kate Lynch, Red Robin books, Kate Mears, Ann Evans & Sandra Meech


Dennis Chinaworks, Jo Lucksted,  Frank Martin, West End Pottery, Nick Rees, Paul Stubs, Brigitte Colleaux & Ella Philips



  Shakspeare Glass



Caroline Parrott, Clare Lloyd, Prue Biddle, Sue Hall, Maggie Laing, Penny Price, Solange, Julia Thompson, Holly Webb, Rachel Reilly, Ann Bruford, Liz Shewan, Misha Seelhoff, Elly Englefield-Morgans, Janice Petitjean, Pistachio Grey & Ruth Lyne



Brian Hutchings & John Waters



Ann Fagan, Barbara Karn, Kaye Parmenter, Steve Manning, Lis Biesty, Annie Musgrove, Pauline Pearce, Sky Siouki, Andrea Clark, Stephanie Myler & Lynn Keddie



Angela Morley, Lisa Purchase, Pippa Hill, Pamela Stewart-Pearson, Sheena Spacey, Sue Masters, Chris Kampf, Jo Horrobin & The Little Paper Factory



Buffy Fletcher, Chloe Morter, Jennie Loader, Lydia Needle, Tessa Harris, Sara Finch, Raggy Roux, Angela Knapp, & Kate Norton



Dave Appleby, Matt Belfrage, Stephen Stokes, Paul O’Donnell, Natty Deco & Jane Leakey


British wildlife Open winner