New Trustees - October 2018

The Gallery Trust is evolving and there are trustee vacancies on the Gallery Board.  Trevor Llanwarne CB (Chair) writes:

Below we tell you about three of our number who are retiring at the end of their terms of office, about two recent appointees and how we would like to add to the Trustee Board. 

Michael Miller reached the end of his term as trustee on 31st August 2018.  As Chair from 2012 - 2017, Michael has worked tirelessly and assiduously to keep our Gallery buoyant and without him we would not have it as it is today.  We are immensely grateful for all that he has done.

Dr Fanny Baldwin, who has been looking after the record-keeping and website aspects for the Permanent Collection in recent years, is retiring at the end of September.  She has served the Gallery and the Friends, in a variety of roles over many years going back to the 1990s and she can be rightly proud of all that she has done.

Isabelle Sambrook retired as a trustee at the end of last year.  She has been the curator for the Permanent Collection over recent years, designing many exhibitions and determining the Gallery's best practice guidelines for showing art.  Since retiring as a trustee, she continues as curator until the end of 2018.

All three have given hard-working service to the Gallery and we are enormously thankful to all for all they have done.

We are pleased to announce that the Rye Art Gallery Trust has appointed two new trustees:

Julian Day is a recently appointed trustee and a Rye resident.  He has extensive background in exhibitions and galleries and previously has worked at Compton Verney and the Shakespeare Institute.  He is currently completing his doctorate and has published and lectured in theatre history, early actresses and visual arts and performance.  Julian is looking forward to developing a vibrant and integrated programme with the lively art scene that exists in and around Rye.  Julian will take on the Treasurer role from 1st January 2019 and also will act as curator of the Permanent Collection taking over from Fanny and Isabelle from that date.

A recent newcomer to Rye, Susy Benn, has been appointed to become our new 'RA approved' trustee.  She studied at Cranbrook in America, the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute in London and for 25 years developed international programmes of radical experimental laboratories for talented writers, composers and artists called Performing Arts Labs.  PAL encouraged new collaborations between artists and scientists from different disciplines to create new film, theatre and opera.  She brings experience of over 30 years of fund-raising and cultural enterprise accross the arts through identifying talent and encouraging artists to challenge the limits of their practice.

We recently conducted a 'skills audit' on our Board, looking ahead at what additional 'hands on' support we will need on our team in the medium and longer term.

We have two immediate vacancies for Trustees and therefore invite applications, before 5.00pm on Sunday 14th October, for a practising artist and a designer with expertise in graphics, media and communications.  Our criteria for Board appointments are to bring together an enthusiastic and diverse group of forward-thinkng individuals to work together as a creative team to deliver the Gallery's charitable objectives.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a CV and covering letter to the Gallery at 107 High Street, Rye, TN31 7JE, stating your experience, skills and what you could contribute.  For more information about all our trustees and management team or questions of any nature, please write to me at