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.

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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.  

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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 as well.

Normen Castle

Norman Ackroyd

Gallery 3

Norman Ackroyd is one of the country's most celebrated landscape artists. Born in Leeds in 1938, he attended the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, Norman's work is part of our print makers show.

Q MADE Julie O Sullivan High Res

Julie O'Sullivan

Gallery 1 & 3

Presenting a body of work in hand-built stoneware, shaped by the transient beauty of the Thames Estuary. A response to the ebb and flow of the tides, smoothing & unsettling, revealing and concealing a myriad of forms and found objects and fragments of history.

The guiding principle or philosophy behind Julie's work is not an intellectual scrutiny of objects but a sense-driven, textural communication, aiming to activate the senses through the sensuality of the form and the materials incorporated. The relationship between the forms is significant and the vessels are often arranged in small groups.

Keith Purser lives and works on the edge of the desert-like environment of Europe's largest shingle bank, in the shadow of Dungeness power station and within sight of the coast of France. Born in Bromley, Kent, he attended Sidcup School of Art in the 1960s.



As an artist, he balances two very different approaches to landscape painting: one essentially abstract, the other figurative. As an abstract painter, Purser deconstructs the sea and shore into harmonies of colour, texture and form. These works are as much about painting itself as they are about the shifting weather and changing moods of the coast.



As a figurative painter, Purser creates homages to English vernacular art. These paintings of the down-at-heel, resorts and gently rusting harbour towns of the South Coast capture the peculiar charm of these places.



These two strands in Purser's work are always meeting, albeit quietly and incidentally. The vernacular often steals into the most abstract of works by way of found objects picked off the beach, whilst a Modernist formal sensibility orders the seafront houses into a harmonious arrangement of blocks of colour.

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