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.  

We publish a six-monthly Programme Brochure showing our exhibitions and events which is available in the Gallery or by email and post.


Monday-Saturday:  10.30am - 5.00pm

Sundays & Bank Holidays:  11.00am - 4.00pm 

Closed Easter Sunday, Christmas day and Boxing Day.

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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 and please browse the rest of the menu and the sub-menues as well.

Harbour 3

Colin Slee

Gallery 1

My aim is to create an expressive response to the environment - the ever-changing effects of the elements on water, skies, forests and the countryside inspire me to portray an atmospheric and emotional sense of place. I’m not an artist who can return to the same subject or format again and again so I need the stimulation of change in order to continue to evolve and explore new possibilities.

I paint mostly in Sussex, also in Cornwall and the Highlands of Scotland.

I love immersing myself in the subject. It is at turns exhilarating and frustrating working with the changing light, tides and weather. Time is short as shadows turn and lengthen, tides advance or recede, or a setting sun rapidly diminishes.

Each painting expresses a unique time and place, a result of my direct experience of the variety of natural and manmade landscapes within Sussex.

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Gallery 5, The blue room.

Yolanda McKean

Born 1993 on the south Kent coast and grew up in Rye, studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2015. Following the degree show she was selected for the 'New Contemporaries’ exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in 2016 and the Compass gallery’s 'New Generation' exhibition in Glasgow. She has exhibited as part of group shows in Edinburgh including a small solo exhibition at the Hermitage of Braid, and at the DOK Artist Space as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2018. The paintings are mostly of familiar spaces or objects, exploring ideas of domesticity and wilderness, working from life, often outside, reacting to the space and place directly.