Who’s who

Irene Benson

Board of directors of Lyme Bay Arts CIC

Irene Benson LRPS

Director of finance

Irene has lived in the Lyme area for 35 years. Her work experience includes teaching, bookkeeping, administration, careers and sales & marketing. 

She became part of Lyme Bay Arts because of her belief in its vision for a new artists’ venue, the enjoyment of working with a dedicated team and her passion for art, and particularly for photography.


Phil Clayton

Phil Clayton BA

Artistic Director

Philip trained at Hornsey, The Cass and Central St. Martins’ and has headed several departments of Art and Design. He has exhibited widely both at home and abroad, and is well-known for his unique use of colour. He paints in oils and prefers to work en plein air, dilapidated rural buildings being a favourite theme.

Philip combines his practice with running the Lyme Bay Arts galleries, mentoring, and is actively involved with the London Charity, Art for Youth.


Elizabeth Richie

Director Creative Arts

Elizabeth Richie

A multi-disciplined arts background: professional ballet dancer, Stage Management at Royal Court Theatre, London followed by a busy arts admin career. General Manager, Phoenix Theatre Leicester; Drama Officer, Arts Council of GB, London; Arts Officer, Canadian High Commission, London; Lecturer in Arts Admin, Leicester Poly. Co-ordinator “Arts Initiative & Money Project” Calouste Gulbenian Foundation, London. As a mature student gained Post Grad Cert, London University. Started painting 15 years ago and was actively involved with the arts in and around Lyme Regis.

Instrumental in setting up Lyme Bay Arts as a CIC. Helped create and open the galleries at Symondsbury Estate. Continues to help run the organisation and develop its expanding exhibition/workshop programme.


Not forgetting …

The directors would like to thank the small army of volunteers who help with exhibition setup, publicity, web and social media, company admin, and of course the stewards without whom the galleries would not be open. We couldn’t do it without you!

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