Exhibitions & Events

Richard Adams - Rye On The Wall

6 April - 5 May

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“Rye is such a source of inspiration to me that ideas for pictures come thick and fast.
I nip out for a sandwich and see something that will go in a picture!
I’ve had loads of ideas over the past years some
of which I’ve held back for fear of losing people’s interest if I race ahead too much.
I feel now is the time to throw caution to the wind and do a few of the pictures I’ve always wanted to do.
I’m sure some people will feel its the ‘same old same old’ but I’m looking forward to turning up my personal ‘Radical Dial’ to 3 and, once again, put Rye (kicking and screaming) on the Wall.”

Adams 2019

Rye Society of Artists Spring Show - Light to Shade

6 April - 5 May

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The Rye Society of Artists was established in 1951 and currently includes around 40 members all working from within a 15 mile radius of Rye. In this exhibition the subject of light and dark interplay are explored.

Step into the light or retreat into the darkness, wherever your mood takes you. The art works include, photography, sculpture, ceramics, prints and paintings from standing members.

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The Gaze

28 March - 24 April

Stormont Studio - Gallery 6. FREE ADMISSION

This exhibition presents work drawn from the permanent collections at Rye Art Gallery.

‘...Some artworks play around with the normal social systems such as Edward Burra’s depiction of 'Drag Queens'. In this instance the dialogue has interfered with the accepted representations of women and men, giving another voice and agency to the usual order of things.’ Commented Collections Curator, Julian Day.

However, ‘The Gaze’ is mostly traditional in the sense that it is the male ‘active’ and the female ‘passive’.

Artists' work selected by the Collections Curator Julian Day includes:

Margaret Barnard
John Bratby
Edward Burra
Duncan Grant (pictured)
Diana Low
Robert Mackechnie
Jame McNeill Whistler

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27 April – 12 May

Stormont Studio Gallery 6

Former editor and publisher Susan Benn was a photographer and publishing consultant to the historic Hulton Archive in the 80s and 90s.
Some of her work from this period along with current projects will be shown in Rye for the first time.

During the show there will be a special screening of the film SILVER FOOTPRINT about the work of the acclaimed photographic printer ROBIN BELL who now lives and works in St Leonards. Robin will join us for a Q&A after the screening.

Robin has worked both as a fine art and travel photographer and black and white printer. After learning his craft with leading printers in the 70’s and early 80’s, he opened his own studio at Chelsea Wharf in 1983 where his client list included all the great photographers, museums, quality broadsheets and magazines.

Robin’s retrospective film ‘Silver Footprint’ and accompanying book highlights his passion for and understanding of the importance of the silver gelatine print in the visual arts past and present.

Contact the Gallery for further info on the date.

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Drawing Now

1st June - 30th June

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This exhibition aims to look at the practice
of drawing across the spectrum, from a broad range of artists working at the present time within
this discipline, either solely or as part of their practice.

Some of the artists featured are Royal Academicians; some are young artists who have shown with the Jerwood drawing prize exhibition, others include illustrators, comic book artists and Gallery artists.

This will be a stimulating and educational show that may just inspire you to pick up a pencil and start sketching.

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