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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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Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5,00pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm 

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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.

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Sarah Evans

Gallery 4

Sarah is an artist based in St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex. She graduated with a Fine Art degree in painting from Southampton Institute and later graduated with a Masters in Sequential Design and Illustration from Brighton University.

Sarah’s paintings are energetic, bursting with colour and gestural line work. The paintings are richly layered, scratch marks revealing hidden tones and hints of colour. The compositions are a balance of busy layered areas contrasting with fine lines and markings

‘I like to reveal a little slice of the process by scratching and sanding down areas of layered paint. I love the sense of history a peeling painted door or weathered wooden fishing boat. I try and recreate a flavour of that in my work, this is in contrast with fresh blocks of colour and line work to balance the composition, creating a playful, fun aesthetic.

Sarah also creates drawings and collage which also bring a sense of fun and frivolity to her portfolio.

Sarah has exhibited in Hastings, Brighton, London, and Barcelona.

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Julie Drake

Gallery 2

I was born in London and have lived all over the place finally settling in Pembrokeshire. I studied Illustration at Kingston College of Art acquiring a BA (Hons) degree. I then went on to do an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University.

I have a studio in Pembrokeshire where I work on mixed media paintings and mono, litho and lino prints.

Will grew up in Liverpool and qualified as a Mechanical Engineer. After a first career in business consultancy for oil & gas companies, in 2001 he chose a dramatically different direction to become a full-time artist  He attended short schools at the Slade School of Fine Art London and Kent Institute of Art and Design Maidstone but is predominantly self-taught.  His work explores traditional techniques in etching, pen, silverpoint and charcoal, and always contains a strong element of drawing.  Field animals, including cattle, hares and sheep of Romney Marsh near where he lives, are a recurring theme in his work.

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