Aims, Trustees & Artists

ACE aims

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.

Current Trustees

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.

Frank Martin

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.

Shirley Chapman

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


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



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