Rye Art Gallery 

We are featuring Sally Cole's dynamic exhibition 'Embodied Land' in Gallery 3 and 'Seascapes', a mixed show in Gallery 4.  Go to the Exhibitions and Events page to find out more.

There are lots of other art, craft and cards for you to browse or buy, including dramatic painted ceramics by Branka Vrhovski-Stanton and stone sculptures by Bernard McGuigan.


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.  

We publish a six-monthly Programme Brochure (currently being updated) showing our exhibitions and events which is available in the Gallery or by email and post.  If you would like to be on our Mailing List (data-protected) sign up by clicking on the 'Subscribe' button on the left or contact us via the 'Get in Touch' page on the Menu.

GALLERY OPENING HOURS and Individual Appointments  

OPEN     Wednesday - Sunday:  11.00am - 4.00pm.

CLOSED     Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Individual Appointments    Contact Julian Day at the Gallery (see 'Get in Touch' page, phone, email or visit) for an appointment on a Monday or Tuesday for him to show you round, 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 some of the artists whose work we show, often supported by the Artist's Statement on their vision and how they approach their work.

Richard Baxter small dishes

Richard Baxter

Small dishes - £15

Richard Baxter's beautiful porcelain dishes come in a host of delicious colours with bronze pigment edging.

They are about 3-4 inches across and have multiple uses - rings, paperclips, chocs, or just to look at!

Richard trained at Loughborough and has a BA in 3D Design - Ceramics.

He has made pottery and porcelain artworks all his life and writes as well as exhibits.


Sally Cole

Exhibition: 18 Jul - 30 Aug

Sally writes "I am a landscape painter and printmaker.

In 2019 I was privileged to be granted a month’s creative residency close to a remote beach on the spectacular west coast of New Zealand. Embodied land is a direct response to the sounds of the sea and the resulting vibrations of the land, which were with me 24 hours a day for the month I spent there, and became embodied within me.

Working on the ideas and feelings from this time I have produced paintings and prints both in the studio and working outside in Pembrokeshire where the coastline also resonates with sound.

This will be an ongoing project, which I intend to continue over time."

John Wiltshire Bumblebee Detail 2019

John Wiltshire

Bumblebees £290 - £1,400

These small paintings are here and there around the Gallery. John's choice of paint colours, live brushy marks and selective detail give an intimate picture of these endangered creatures.

John has a Fine Art degree from Canterbury and qualified teacher status. He has exhibited all over the country including Bankside and the RI in London and has held residencies at the Botanic Garden, Cambridge University and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.