Welcome to Rye Art Gallery

The Gallery is home to an inspiring display of regularly changing Contemporary art and craft for sale, a fine Permanent Collection of national and regional importance and a variety of supporting Events.

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We are housed in two integrated heritage buildings and are an independent Trust dating from 1957.  The Gallery is a registered Charity, answerable to the Charities Commission.  

We publish a six-monthly Programme Brochure showing our exhibitions and events which is available in the Gallery or by email and post.


Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5.00pm*

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm*

Closed Easter Sunday, Christmas day and Boxing Day.

*Permanent collection will be closed on the 7th and 8th March for an event.

See TRIPADVISOR for lots of lovely comments about us!

In the section below, we feature some of the artists whose work is currently on show, usually supported by the Artist's Statement on their vision and how they work.  See the 'Exhibitions and Events' page for our mixed and named shows and please browse the rest of the menu and the sub-menues as well.


YANA RITS AND BERNARD McGUIGAN. February 22 -22 March. Opening reception 11- 1pm


In her photographic practice, Cinematographer and visual artist

Yana Rits employs her own body as a visual aid. The figures in the photographs are integral to their environment and unify the composition, which is beautifully spaced and balanced.

This will be Yana’s first exhibition in Rye.

In the tradition of the 20th century sculptors such as Gill, Hepworth and Moore, Bernard McGuigan uses a direct carving method to create abstract sculptures that are potent, tranquil and deceptively simple.

In this collection, we see work more architecturally structured in form than in McGuigan’s previous figurative works.

The tension when viewing his work, is the suggestion of stone as a strong reliable, timeless material in contrast with our own fragile lives, which serves as a perfect accompaniment to Yana Rits aesthetic.

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John Fewster FCSD

Colour Education Lectures

John is a graphic designer and presents a series of 3 lectures aiming to give a broad understanding of the mechanics of colour for those interested in the visual arts.

An overview of the physics of light, the biology of the eye and the psychology of perception, and how they combine to create the illusive sensation of colour.

Lectures last approximately 60-90 mins with Q&A. The series of 3 presents a continuous story – from historic through contemporary science of colour, leading into broader topics of colour theory and perception.

Lectures run on 3 consecutive Wednesdays - 19th February, 26th and 4th March. From 6.30pm – (approx) 8pm

£10.00 per lecture or £25.00 for all three. Concession: Friends £5 per lecture. Contact the Gallery to book

Rye Windmill

A refreshing selection of works from our Artists

Rye Windmill: Clare Mitchell

Blow away the cobwebs and visit our 6 gallery spaces.

We are showing a varied collection of work from our multi-talented Gallery artists.