About Us

arts@our heart: sharing art and culture with our local community


Arts Destination South Molton’s (ADSM) vision is to place creativity at the heart of our communities’ culture and to mobilise its power to deliver vital social, cultural and economic value to local people and visitors to the area.


ADSM became a registered charity in March 2020 (No. 1188431). We aim to celebrate South Molton, our North Devon market town with its roots firmly planted in farming and the countryside; create a new vision which puts the arts at the heart of its modern-day ambitions; enrich our rural community; provide year-round access to high quality arts, cultural events and participation opportunities, for the benefit of the entire community and for visitors – and ultimately, for South Molton to become an important regional arts destination.


John St John, Trustee, Chairperson
John is a qualified designer and amongst many experiences has run his own design practice for many years. He has lately been developing his own long standing interest in the fine arts, exhibiting and selling his work through local exhibitions. He naturally understands the needs and benefits of a strong local arts community and is a willing supporter of ADSM objectives.

Peter Bishop, Trustee, Treasurer
Peter is a qualifed graphic designer and has run his own design practice for many years and has a long working background in the creative industry. He is an acting Councillor for the South Molton ward and keen to help to open up opportunities in the creative arts to benefit all in the community.

ADSM Revd Dr Michael Grandey

Rev Dr Michael Grandey, Trustee
Michael has been supporting the ADSM group since its inception. His strong pastoral ties with the community of South Molton and the surrounding area have helped to guide the plans and objectives of this charitable organisation.

David Warden – Trustee
David is a long serving Councillor for the ward of South Molton.
David has always had a keen interest in the arts and his involvement with ADSM as a vehicle that aims to support local artisans and arts in the community has been unwavering from the outset.

Matthew Bushell – Trustee
As a South Molton Councillor for many years Matthew has a good overview of the area and its needs. The inspiration behind Arts Destination South Molton arose from his interactions with local people, and he was the initial driving force to set the group up. He brings enthusiasm for the arts and a fervent desire to share his imagin

Lend a hand – You are important to us
We are of course very aware our team comprises white males albeit of mixed ages. It’s just worked out that way. We’re not an exclusive bunch and would prefer a better representation of our people. So put your hand up, lend a hand, hold our hand, give us a wave and get in touch.


The following is a list of our constitution and policies: