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.


Robert Sample

Gallery 4

Robert Sample has exhibited extensively in London as well as the continent. Robert’s paintings explore a world that has strong visual references to earlier masters and styles, yet is very rooted in the present, combining dynamic elements of street art with contrasting traditional techniques. Working on sheets of industrial ply he uses a mixture of oil paint, gesso and stencils along with spray paint and other household products. Robert paints flesh, fat, skin, bone and muscle. In the application of paint he is less concerned with realism and more with effect.

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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Alexandra White Bangel

Alexandra White

Gallery 2

I have been designing silver jewellery for 19 years and love the escape that my workshop affords me but particularly the alchemy of turning dull uninteresting base silver into unique and striking jewellery. I enjoy making bold statement pieces and playing with textures and finishes, whilst keeping the designs simple and organic.