Rye Art Gallery


Supported by Arts Council England

Supported by Rother District Council

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Rye Art Gallery 

Look at our Exhibitions and Events page to find details of what's on. (Menu via horizontal lines icon if on a mobile.) 

Our summer exhibition, 'En Plein Air', opened on 11th June with a Reception for the Artists, Friends and Supporters.


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.  

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Mon - Sat: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Sundays: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed: Tuesdays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Individual Appointments    Contact Gallery Director, Dr Julian Day, at the Gallery (see 'Get in Touch' page, phone, email or visit) for an appointment for him to show you around, 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 three of the many artists whose work we show.  For others, see our 'Art for Sale' and 'Gallery Artists' pages via the menu (3 horizontal lines icon on a mobile).

Bernard McGuigan My Wounded Heart

Bernard McGuigan


Bernard McGuigan was born in Britain in 1956, and started making sculpture aged 16.

Formerly an associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, he has exhibited widely including The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. His work has been featured in many exhibitions and is in a number of private and public collections both in the UK and around the world.

In the tradition of the 20th Century Sculptors, such as Modigliani, Gill, Hepworth and Moore, Bernard uses the method of direct carving by hand into the stone.

Louis Turpin Orange And Purple

Louis Turpin


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.

Sarah Palmer Mountain Tree Wall Ceramic

Sarah Palmer


Sarah has a BEd from Goldsmiths and a MA from Wolverhampton University. She has lived and worked in London, the US, and Greece and her studio is now on the south coast in Fairlight.

She says "My practice as a maker and artist has always been inspired by the transient qualities of memory and fleeting observations. I strive to capture these ephemoral images through the use of different clays, clay slips and glazes, and the use of coloured underglazes."

Her most popular pieces at the Gallery are her sculptural colanders and clay box wall-pieces. Her soft palette is inspired by the landscapes of Crete and Sussex.