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
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 Gallery and The
Space at Symondsbury Estate. Continues to help run the organisation and develop its expanding
exhibition/workshop programme.


Other personnel and officers

Lois Wakeman, BSc, MISTC, LRPS

Lois Wakeman

Lyme Bay Arts company secretary

Graduate in Geology with 1st class honours from University of Wales. Professional technical writer since 1977, more recently also web developer, typesetter and copywriter working both for blue chip companies and local small businesses and organisations. Copywriter, web developer and stand-in social media manager for Lyme Bay Arts. Volunteer communications and web manager for local horticultural society; admin of several local and international social media groups including RPS Digital Imaging Group and RPS Southwest Region. Currently finding it hard to reserve time for pottery and photography even in lockdown!


Karol Kulik

Publicity and listings manager

Denise Powell

Cards and prints

Tricia Scott

Exhibition setup and stewarding

And many others…

… too numerous to mention here who generously give their time and artistic talents to help make Lyme Bay Arts and SouSouWest successful. Thank you all!

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