ACED Champions

Meet our ACED Champions:

ACED Education Champion - John Astley

John Astley was born in Southampton and took his Higher Education at Bristol, Oxford and London universities. John has lived and worked in Oxford as sociologist of culture, until 1996, and after retiring from his full time job moved to Devon. He has held teaching and curriculum roles with Exeter and Plymouth universities, and the Open University. He is mainly writing now, and developing adult community education.

ACED Engagement Champion - Anna Fitzgerald

Anna Fitzgerald is a painter and community artist living in Exmouth. She has recently been the artist in residence at Powderham Castle and co-runs two galleries. She loves encouraging artists, building art networks and opportunities, because her art is all about collaborating and this is why she created Exmouth Art Trail and WooHoo Art Events. 

ACED Decolonisation Champion - Ella S. Mills

Dr Ella S. Mills works with artists and writers to produce texts, events and exhibitions. She is an art historian and curator of contemporary art in the field of Black British histories of art and exhibitions. Ella is the founder of talking on corners, an independent visual art curating and producing practice based in research and critical thinking.  She is currently a lecturer in modernist art histories at the University of Plymouth. More about Decolonisation

ACED Craft Champion - Gemma Girvan 

Since graduating from Somerset College of Technology with a 2:1 in Textiles and Surface Pattern Design, Gemma has developed a career in the arts and cultural sector with a specific focus on retail and a particular interest in Designer Makers. She was assistant buyer for a leading high street fashion chain, before becoming a product developer for TATE (Modern, Britain, Liverpool and St Ives), developing ranges responding to the exhibition programmes. Gemma currently works as Gallery and Retail Officer at Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and is the curator of THG's annual craft exhibition: Present Makers.