Rye Art Gallery


Supported by Arts Council England

Supported by Rother District Council

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Welcome to Rye Art Gallery

The Gallery is home to an inspiring display of regularly changing contemporary art and craft, a fine Permanent Collection of national and regional importance and a programme of supporting events and community activities.

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We are housed in two listed heritage buildings joined together by an award-winning glass link and are an independent Trust dating from 1957.  The Gallery is a registered Charity, answerable to the Charities Commission.

Visit us to browse and buy pictures and beautiful objects and also to see some of the Collection - check our Exhibition pages first or check our six-monthly Programme Brochure available in the Gallery or by email and by post.

 Or you can enjoy looking at examples here online.  Click on the menu links to see the work of some of our artists and makers or to explore the Collection.  If you are using a mobile or tablet, go to the menu icon on each page (horizontal lines) to find more links. 


Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5,00pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm 

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First-time visitors are always surprised at how extensive we are behind the small High Street facade - one thought we are like a Tardis! 

In the section below, we feature some of the artists whose work is currently on show.

Compass 4 Mixed Media On Paper 1 18 X 24 Ins

Mark Godwin

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There is now a strong bias in Mark's work towards painting, both on canvas and paper. Mark has an assured way of handling paint, and a mature confidence in his subject matter. His print making activity nowadays is centred on making small suites of unique mono-prints.

I am a maker and artist working mainly in clay, incorporating materials and objects found and collected. I live on the south coast of England in Hastings and my current work is inspired by the landscape and seashore nearby – Pett Level, Rye Harbour, Winchelsea Beach and Dungeness – an area of remarkable coastal vegetation, nature reserves and ancient fishing and farming communities.

I like to go out walking, sketching, drawing, making notes, taking photographs – responding either alone or in the company of other artists.

Back in my studio I reflect on where I have been and recall my fleeting observations to create ceramic sculptures and drawings which portray long views, shorelines, startled life, birds, shingle plants, colours, shape and line.

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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's work is a homage 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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