Important Information

Rye Art Gallery - Coronavirus (Covid 19)

Rye Art Gallery has been closed from 19th March 2020 until further notice due to the national directive on Coronavirus.  Sadly this is in common with all other national, regional and local galleries and museums.

However, a chink of light is coming and we will be able to open soon - perhaps July!

Rye Art Gallery is an important destination for both locals and numerous visitors from this country and abroad.  We offer exciting exhibitions, whether in connection with showing and selling contemporary art or by exhibiting historically important work from our Permanent Collection.  We also provide a stimulating programme of talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussions, receptions, school links and the occasional concert!

Whilst the Gallery is closed we continue to appreciate your support and if you are not on our mailing list, we hope that you will sign up here (see 'Subscribe' box in left-hand column or 'Get in Touch' page) for news and virtual events which you can enjoy or in which you can take part.

Have a look at our 'Exhibitions and Events' page to find out more.

You can also keep up to date via our social media channels - Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

We are thinking of everyone in these most challenging times.

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.

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.

Sales of art and craft during closure

You can still purchase art, craft, cards and books by contacting the Gallery by email, phone or letter.  See 'Contact Us' page.  Our Gallery Administrator, Mollie Barnes, will be in receipt of your enquiry and delighted to help.


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.