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Exhibitions & Events

'Burra and Friends'

27th August - 3rd October 2021

Galleries 4 and 6

The exhibition shows work by Edward Burra (1905 - 1976) alongside work by his friends Paul Nash (1889 - 1946) and John Banting (1902 - 1972).

Also showing are contemporary artists who share something of Burra's vision and experience - David Lock, James Dearlove, David Surman, Gerry White, Geraldine Swayne and Graham Martin.

The image shows 'Black Mountain' 1968 by Burra, from our Permanent Collection.

Edward Burra Black Mountain Wales 1968

John Wiltshire - 'B is for Burra'

27th August - 3rd October 2021

Stormont Studio - Gallery 5

John has been Artist in Residence at the Gallery over the summer, studying our Burra Archive and producing a visual response. His exhibition shows work based on his thoughts and findings and, along with with other pieces, is for sale. Interesting, colourful, highly observed and strange?

Visit our 'Gallery News' page to find out more about the project and John's background. Archive items include the famous bee found in Burra's waterpot - see image! - hence the exhibition title.

For photographs of some of John's other paintings for sale, click his name on the 'Art for Sale' list in the Menu.

John Wiltshire B Is For Burra

'Burra and Friends' - Exhibition includes David Lock

27th August - 3rd October 2021

Galleries 4 and 6

David has curated this show. He graduated from Goldsmith's, London with a MA in Fine Art after his BA Hons (1st class) at Reading. He joined Candoco Dance Company as a dancer before returning to fine art practice.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won several national prizes and awards. He has also designed stage sets for Candoco (in association with Trisha Brown Dance Company).

The work shown is a watercolour 'Misfit (Smokes)'. Gallery 4. Price on application.

David Lock Misfit (Smokes)

'Burra and Friends' - Exhibition includes David Surman

27th August - 3rd October 2021

Galleries 4 and 6

David Surman's paintings are underpinned by his initial interest and training. He holds a BA in Animation (Newport) and an MA in Film Studies (Warwick). He lives, works, paints and exhibits in London.

David writes "In recent years I have become increasingly interested in the projection of the human experience onto the natural world...through humour, tenderness and pessimism I show the condition of precarity shared by all life on our radically changing planet."

'Over the Toll Gate', acrylic. Gallery 4. Price on application.

David Surman Over The Toll Gate 2020

Louis Turpin - 'Gardens - Landscapes'

11th September - 10th October 2021

Gallery 3

Louis' exhibition is the first one in Rye for over two years and includes a collection of thirty new paintings. We are delighted to show his work during the popular Rye Festival of the Arts, 2021.

The work represents his journey through life, not only as a painter but as someone living and working through lockdown. His signature art works express a joy in colour, a celebration of nature and a returning to the artist's roots, referencing composition and structure.

The image is 'Through the Arch', an oil on canvas.

Louis Turpin Through The Arch

Festival Event - 'In Conversation with Louis Turpin'

Wednesday 15th September 2021, 5.00 - 7.00pm

Gallery

As part of Rye Arts Festival Fringe programme, Dr Julian Day will be chatting with Louis about his life, work and approaches to painting.

Louis has a national reputation and specialises in landscapes, gardens and portraits. He says 'The process of painting is so ingrained in me that when posed the question 'Practice?', I am taken short...the finishing of a painting is as big and mysterious a question as its birth.'

Tickets £12, including refreshments, can only be purchased from the Gallery on 01797 222433 or call in - (not from the Festival Box Office). Friends of the Trust are free but must register for a place as space is limited.

Louis Turpin In His Studio 2021 S

Festival Event - 'In Conversation' with artists showing in 'Edward Burra and Friends'

Saturday 18th September, 5.00 - 7.00pm

Gallery

Artists David Lock, David Surman and John Wiltshire will be in conversation with art historian Louise Simkiss and cultural historian Dr Dairmuid Hester from Cambridge University.
All three are showing their work beside that of Edward Burra in the Festival exhibition at the Gallery. There will be a look-back at Burra's artistic context balanced by viewpoints on non-mainstream art today.

Tickets £12, including refreshments, can only be purchased from the Gallery on 01797 222433 or call in - (not from the Festival Box Office). Friends of the Trust are free but must register for a place as space is limited.

Edward Burra Painting

David Lock and fellow artists 'In Conversation'

Saturday 18th September, 5.00 - 7.00pm

Gallery

The photo shows David at the Preview Party for 'Burra and Friends' and 'B is for Burra'.

See the Exhibition entry above for more info on David and an image of one of his paintings and also the entry on the 'In Conversation' event in which he will be participating.

David Lock At Burra And Friends Aug21 S

John Wiltshire and fellow artists 'In Conversation'

Saturday 18th September, 5.00 - 7.00pm

Gallery

Here is John at the Preview Party for 'B is for Burra'. He is in Gallery 5 where his paintings are on show, and there are also cases containing some of the photos and items in the Gallery's Burra Archive.

He will be participating in the 'In Conversation' event which is part of Rye Festival of the Arts. See entries above and contact the Gallery to reserve tickets.

John Wiltshire And Paintings Aug21