Rye Art Gallery


Supported by Arts Council England

Supported by Rother District Council

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Welcome to Rye Art Gallery

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

Make sure you are on the Gallery's mailing list to receive Private View and other invitations (see Get in Touch page or box in grey column to left).  Forthcoming PV dates and times are listed on the Gallery News page.

We are housed in two listed heritage buildings joined together by an award-winning glass link and are an independent Trust dating from 1957.  The Gallery is a registered Charity, answerable to the Charities Commission.

Visit us to browse and buy pictures and beautiful objects and also to see some of the Collection - check our Exhibition pages first or check our six-monthly Programme Brochure available in the Gallery or by email and by post.

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Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5,00pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm 

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In the section below, we feature some of the artists whose work is currently on show.

Drift E Rawson

Emma Rawson

Gallery 2

At first glance, Emma Rawson's glass works seduce the viewer. Their delicate beauty invites the viewer to have a closer look, but then hints a darker conceptual undertone: Emma's work explores material culture and memory through the universally common event of death. Emma is interested in a home with material objects and domestic functions that becomes a place of memories that can be interpreted and transformed. She considers what visual traces are left in and on a space by the removal of material belongings following one’s death and how these everyday domestic objects of the material culture become to mediate the viewer's relationship to death and memory making. For Emma, objects, images, practices and places are reminders of mortality, referring to writers such as Elizabeth Hallam, Jenny Hockey and Daniel Miller1.

Sandy Haven

Julie Drake

Gallery 2

I was born in London and have lived all over the place finally settling in Pembrokeshire. I studied Illustration at Kingston College of Art acquiring a BA (Hons) degree. I then went on to do an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University. I have a studio in Pembrokeshire where I work on mixed media paintings and mono, litho and lino prints.

Linda Bloomfield

Linda Bloomfield

Gallery 2

Linda Bloomfield designs and makes tableware based on her thrown porcelain, with dimples and visible throwing lines showing the hand of the maker. She uses a tactile satin matt glaze on the outside and colour on the inside. She makes her own range of glazes and is particularly interested in the translucent colours obtained using oxides rather than commercial stains. She has written several books on glazes and teaches a course on colour in glazes at West Dean College.