Rye Art Gallery


Supported by Arts Council England

Supported by Rother District Council

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Rye Art Gallery 

Look at our Exhibitions and Events page to find details of what's on. (Menu via horizontal lines icon if on a mobile).

Our themed exhibition is 'Monochrome - Cadmium' running until 1st February 2022 and we are currently showing several artists in focus - Keith Purser, Mick Rooney RA, Sally Cole, Jo Terry and Karl Terry.

See our Exhibitions and Events page for details of upcoming exhibitions with Paula MacArthur's show 'Still Light' and the group exhibition 'Still Life with Flowers', which combines contemporary art for sale with pieces from our Permanent Collection.

Rye Society of Artists Spring Show will take place in March and April.  


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.

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.  

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Mon - Sat: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Sundays: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed: Tuesdays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Individual Appointments    Contact Gallery Director, Dr Julian Day, at the Gallery (see 'Get in Touch' page, phone, email or visit) for an appointment for him to show you around, discuss individual artworks in which you may be interested or possible commissions.  Assessing whether you wish to purchase or not can take time and space to think through.  There is no obligation to buy as we know decisions about art are not straightforward. 

Below we feature three of the many artists whose work we show.  For others, see our 'Art for Sale' and 'Gallery Artists' pages via the menu (3 horizontal lines icon on a mobile).

John North Abstract Form Spalled Beech

John North

Wooden sculpture

John worked for the sculptor Brian Wilshire where he learned about machine working in wood. Initially creating wooden toys and models, he moved toward contemporary furniture and sculpture.

We have several of John's unique pieces - satisfying abstract shapes, sometimes quite complex, but all showing the beautiful wood grain and other organic features of his chosen wood.

They are perfect for table or shelf display and are often priced between £100 - 200.

Katherine Reekie Construction On The Boardwalk

Katherine Reekie

Surrealist Paintings

This painting is one of a series of surrealist paintings by the artist.

She writes 'I create the illusion of believable form and space. Like props on a stage I arrange my subject matter to evoke a sense of order and purpose. However, on closer inspection, the viewer migh question the logic of these often unfamiliar forms.'

Katherine's BA Hons degree is from Camberwell School of Art and her PGCE is from Goldsmiths College, London University.

'Construction on the Boardwalk' is now sold at £400, but contact us for others.

Sarah Palmer Mountain Tree Wall Ceramic

Sarah Palmer


Sarah has a BEd from Goldsmiths and a MA from Wolverhampton University. She has lived and worked in London, the US and Greece and her studio is now on the south coast in Hastings.

She says "My practice as a maker and artist has always been inspired by the transient qualities of memory and fleeting observations. I strive to capture these ephemoral images through the use of different clays, clay slips and glazes, and the use of coloured underglazes."

Her most popular pieces at the Gallery are her sculptural colanders and clay box wall-pieces. Her colours are the beautiful soft colours of landscape, whether Crete or Sussex.