Important Information

Rye Art Gallery - Coronavirus (Covid 19)

The Trustees took the sad and very difficult decision to close the Rye Art Gallery from 5 pm Thursday 19th March 2020 until further notice.

This decision was taken after many discussions and considerations covering new "Covid 19" government recommendations and directives and the consequent significant change in our financial position.

We are aware that this will have a significant impact on our staff, artists, friends and visitors.

The Rye Art Gallery is an important local destination so we have stayed open for as long as we have been able. Now, in line with many galleries and other cultural venues, we are safeguarding our staff and visitors and the public as a whole by minimising any possibility of spreading this virulent disease.

Whilst the Gallery is closed we continue to appreciate your support by signing up to our website and keeping up to date with any future developments via our social media channels.

Thank you for understanding.

We are thinking of everyone in these most challenging times.

Update:  The closure for Galleries and Museums is now a national directive.

Welcome to Rye Art Gallery

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.

Make sure you are on the Gallery's mailing list to receive invitations to Previews and Events (see Subscribe box to left or 'Get in Touch' page).  

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 showing our exhibitions and events which is available in the Gallery or by email and post.


Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5.00pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

See TRIPADVISOR for lots of lovely comments about us!

In the section below, we feature some of the artists whose work is currently on show, usually supported by the Artist's Statement on their vision and how they work.  See the 'Exhibitions and Events' page for our mixed and named shows and please browse the rest of the menu and the sub-menus as well.


YANA RITS AND BERNARD McGUIGAN. February 22 -22 March. Opening reception 11- 1pm


In her photographic practice, Cinematographer and visual artist

Yana Rits employs her own body as a visual aid. The figures in the photographs are integral to their environment and unify the composition, which is beautifully spaced and balanced.

This will be Yana’s first exhibition in Rye.

In the tradition of the 20th century sculptors such as Gill, Hepworth and Moore, Bernard McGuigan uses a direct carving method to create abstract sculptures that are potent, tranquil and deceptively simple.

In this collection, we see work more architecturally structured in form than in McGuigan’s previous figurative works.

The tension when viewing his work, is the suggestion of stone as a strong reliable, timeless material in contrast with our own fragile lives, which serves as a perfect accompaniment to Yana Rits aesthetic.


'Embodied Land' - Sally Cole


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."

Rye Windmill

A refreshing selection of works from our Artists

Rye Windmill: Clare Mitchell

Blow away the cobwebs and visit our 6 gallery spaces.

We are showing a varied collection of work from our multi-talented Gallery artists.