Rye Art Gallery

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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 programme of supporting events and community activities.

Make sure you are on the Gallery's mailing list to receive Private View and other invitations (see Get in Touch 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.

 Or you can enjoy looking at examples here online.  Click on the menu links to see the work of some of our artists and makers or to explore the Collection.  If you are using a mobile or tablet, go to the menu icon on each page (horizontal lines) to find more links. 

GALLERY OPENING HOURS

Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5,00pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm 

See TRIPADVISOR for lots of lovely comments!

First-time visitors are always surprised at how extensive we are behind the small High Street facade - one thought we are like a Tardis! 

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

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Flora McLachlan

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Flora McLachlan studied at Brighton College and then went to Oxford university to study English 1994-97. She returned to art and in 1999 took a Professional Development Diploma in Illustration at West Herts College, Watford. In January 2008 she was elected as an Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE). Flora McLachlan is inspired by poetry and the powerful and strange images found in fairy tales and myths. She has had several exhibitions, both solo shows and mixed exhibitions.

Born in post-war London, the eldest son of artists living in Brixton.

Turpin trained in Fine Art Painting at Falmouth School of Art and has worked full-time as a painter since 1985 and exhibited widely. He has had many solo shows in London, Bath, Henley, Oxford, York, Rye, Greeenwich Connecticut and Paris. He has also exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters and international art fairs.

Turpin's paintings deal with colour and form, bold gestural areas of colour jostle with each other held together by fine confident lines. The subjects are observed and translated into Turpin's distinctive works. These range from landscape through gardens and ponds to sheep and snowscapes. He has also explored the human figure in its environment, a reference back to his film making days, and paints a number of portrait commissions each year. Since 2008, Louis has also been producing a series of works on paper with ink and brush.

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Kate Wickham Walking At Dungeness Mixed Media 2016 Copy

Kate Wickham

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Originally from Yorkshire, I trained at Camberwell College of Art and the Royal College of Art, and now live and work in Sussex.



I make hand built painterly vessel forms exploring a number of ideas and themes – landscapes, domestic interiors, seascapes etc. – through abstraction and symbolism, and through the use of colour, texture and mark making. Both drawing and painting inform the work.



My work is in both private and public collections in Britain and abroad, including the Crafts Council collection and South East Arts.