Exhibitions & Events

Tom Marsh - 'Places'. All works for sale

24th October - 20th December 2020

Gallery 1

This gem of an exhibition presents the work of a painter who revels in the ordinary scenes around us including in Rye and Rye Harbour.

Tom is showing scenes of of our buildings, townscape, harbour, boats and quirky corners and viewpoints that are familiar and yet unfamiliar in the attention and perspective he gives them.

Tom Marsh Exh Oct20

Tom Marsh - 'Meet the Artist' Event

Saturday 31st October, 12.00 - 2.00pm

In the Gallery

This is a great chance to meet Tom, to chat about his work - how he approaches it, favourite spots, colours, techniques.

You will recognise so many of his landscapes and all the paintings, some small in size, are affordable and easy to hang in your home or give as a gift. (Christmas is coming. Ssh!)

The image shown here is 'Rye Harbour Slipway'

Tom Marsh Rye Harbour Slipway

Tom Marsh - 'Places'

24th October - 20th December

Gallery 1

This is one of Tom's local landscapes for sale.

It is 'Mid-day Sun, River Rother' an oil on board with a width of 44 cms.

The price is £475.00

Tom Marsh Mid Day Sun River Rother

Tom Marsh - 'Places'

24th October - 20th December

Gallery 1

This view is 'Hastings Castle from Priory Meadow', an oil on board, height 31 x width 54cms.

It is for sale at £475.00 - we are expecting interest from our Hastings visitors and Castle afficionados!

Tom Marsh Hastings Castle From Priory Meadow

Timberlina's School of Spooky Spoon Doll Making for Young Ghouls!

Saturday 31st October - a 45 minute booked session between 2.00 to 5.00pm

Stormont Studio - Gallery 6

The glamourous Timberlina is a bearded drag lady who has entranced and terrified audiences across the nation.

She will be benignly leading young ghouls in the art of Spooky Spoon Doll Making with all materials provided.

Book your 45 minute socially distanced session for between 2.00-5.00pm at £5 by calling the Gallery on 01797 222433.

Chaperones to be masked and may attend free. Fancy dress encouraged for fun, but completely optional.

Come and have a great time!


'Ken Townsend - Empirical Windows' exhibition, works for sale

October 2020

Gallery 3

This is a retrospective exhibition of work by local artist and designer Ken Townsend (1931 - 1999) which has been curated in conjunction with Ken's family.

Ken studied at Hastings College and at Central School of Art and Design, London. His designs were taken up by Hornsey Pottery, Liberty and Pilkington Glass.

This is a rare chance to buy from his remaining Studio collection. The proceeds will be shared jointly between the family and RAG to support the Trust in looking after its historic buildings and Permanent Collection.

This colourful oil on canvas is 'Table, Aigaliers' at £1,800.

Ken Townsend Table Aigaliers Oil

Fred Cuming RA - for the 'SEASCAPES' exhibition

15th August - 30th October 2020

Galleries 4 and 5

We have three atmospheric paintings for sale by much loved artist, Fred Cuming RA, who is a real focus for collectors.

They are shown here at top right and the two lower pictures. The larger one, bottom left, is at £6,600 and the two on the right are each £4,200.

On the opposite wall we have hung a major piece in the Permanent Collection - 'The Buoy at Rye Harbour'. We were delighted to have a recent visit from Fred to inspect the hang in our small and intimate Gallery 5 space.

Fred Cuming Top Right And Bottom 2.

Alice Kettle - 'Sea Figure', 2016 for the 'SEASCAPES' exhibition

15th August - 30th October 2020

Galleries 4 and 5

The photo really doesn't do justice to this shimmering wall hanging by Alice Kettle. Up close there are myriads of sparkling silver threads mixed in with lines of different blues, spaced to show the shifting waters.

In the sea there is a figure on the right, appearing in the expanse of rolling sea. Alice is aware of the desperation of refugees making sea crossings from disastrous home lands.

The beauty of the textile gives the viewer hope for the unknown swimmer.

Alice Kettle Sea Figure 2016

Clare Mitchell - 'Early Summer' for the 'SEASCAPES' exhibition

15th August - 30th October 2020

Galleries 4 and 5

This small gem of an oil painting features in the 'Seascapes' exhibition.
It will remind you of every deserted summer beach you have ever discovered - escapism at its best!

Clare is a landscape artist. She trained at Hastings, has a background in stained glass-making and now paints the changing light, tides, skies and weather in the Sussex landscapes around her.

Priced at £350

Claire Mitchell

Keith Purser, four paintings for the 'SEASCAPES' exhibition

15th August-30th October 2020

Galleries 4 and 5

Here are works by Keith Purser, a long-tem Gallery favourite, and an artist who perfectly captures the vagaries of the sea on our doorstep here on the South Coast.

Keith works in paint but there are often 3-dimensional moments in his paintings - the frothy impasto of waves, the cut-out addition of wood or card slivers where cliffs or rocks protrude. He records them as being 'mixed media' while the casual observer might just see them as 'paintings'.

In the foreground is a stone sculpture by Bernard McGuigan, one of several, also for sale.

Keith Purser 4 Paintings 2020

WEA Course - 'Exploring the Rye Art Gallery Collection'

Tuesdays, 6th October - 10th November, 11.00am-12.30pm


The course will explore and discuss particular aspects of the Collection (which has over 600 works) focusing on Modern British Art. Case studies will examine works by John Piper, Edward Burra and Paul Nash.

The local coastline, landscape and architectural aspects of the area will feature as subject matter which has drawn artists to Rye through the ages.

The course will take place on the WEA's digital learning platform and the tutor is Curator, Julian Day. To find out more and to enrol, visit the WEA website and find Course C3745772.

The image shown here is Paul Nash's woodcut 'Garden Pond' from the Collection.


'Miniatures and Masterstrokes' - the Christmas Show!

14th November 2020 - 3rd January 2021


There will be a festive array of beautiful goodies from our artists and makers!

Come to browse and buy - all kinds of small delights that will fulfill all your Christmas present requirements.

Paintings, Prints, Sculptures, Ceramics, Jewellery, Books and the unexpected.

Miniatures And Masterstrokes Exh Nov20