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Exhibitions & Events

Rye Society of Artists - 'There will be Growth in Spring'

Opening 12th April 2021

Galleries 4 and 5

We are looking forward to opening again and welcoming back the RSA for their annual Spring Show!

The Society has around 50 members all of whom are professional artists who live and work in the Rye area.

The exhibition will feature exciting, new and collectable pieces in a variety of media.

The poster features 'Prunus in Bloom' by Fred Cuming RA

RSA Spring Exh Poster 2021

Nick Archer - 'Somewhere the Grass is Greener'

Opening 12th April 2021

Gallery 3

Nick's vibrant and atmospheric paintings add colour and excitement to our walls. They can do the same for your home or workplace.

The exhibition is shown at the same time as the Spring exhibition of work by Rye Society of Artists, of which he is a member.

The poster shows his painting 'Eden'.

Nick Archer Exh Poster Spring 2021

Michael Denton - 'Somewhere the Grass is Greener'

Opening 12th April 2021

Gallery 3

Michael's painted canvases appear as rock formations, weather patterns, satellite views, recalling the landscape tradition of the Sublime.

Also playing in the Gallery will be his atmospheric video 'Field' - part of his collaboration as 'Overlap' who are known for their audiovisual performances and installations. This is a nine-minute film which is also available to buy. Michael has created a limited, authenticated edition of 20 copies, exclusively for Rye Art Gallery.
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The photo shows his canvas 'Still Move Edge'.

M Denton Stillmoveedge Master

David Crew for the RSA Exhibition

Opening 12th April 2021

Galleries 4 and 5

David has a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of East London and has been a member of the RSA since 1972. He lives in Rye.

He writes "I paint mostly in oils and am also interested in drawing as a finished art form. There has always been a strong narrative element in my work, with the connection between time and place as a principle concern."

The image shows ' The Matthias Connection, Seeing Beyond', an oil on wood for sale at £780.

David Crew The Matthias Connection Seeing Beyond

Peter Greenhalf ARPS for the RSA Exhibition

Opening 12th April 2021

Galleries 4 and 5

Peter has been a photographer for over 40 years and specialises in historical photographic techniques, processing his film and printing in his studio at Rye Harbour.

Recent projects have included landscapes, ancient sites, the South Downs and Rye Bay. Peter's understanding of the dramatic effects of light and shade on shape and texture and his willingness to explore the countryside and wait for the right moment, produce his finest compositions.

Here is 'Wood and Iron', a toned silver gelatin print at £295

Peter Greenhalf Wood And Iron

Peter Waldron - 'Studies on a Studio Wall'

29th April - 5th June

Stormont Studio - Gallery 6

Peter Waldron (b.1941) studied at Chelsea School of Art and Design, London, and was awarded a Fellowship in Painting at Gloucestershire College of Art. His work is held in the Arts Council Collection, by galleries in London and Crete and in private collections worldwide.

His paintings are frequently conversations between dark and light, or are colourful abstract rearrangements of landscape features.

Peter will be showing a selection of small black and white abstract oil paintings and some larger colourful canvases for sale.

Peter Waldron

Celia Allen


Gallery 4 and this piece has also featured in our front window

Celia studied at Hammersmith College of Art, London. Her ceramic pieces are either stoneware or raku fired which carbonises the fired clay body.

She has an affinity with the natural world and specialises in animal sculptures. Celia says she is particularly fond of the hare which has mythical status and features in the stories of many nations.

Celia Allen Sitting Hare

Emma Turpin - 'Autumn Trees'



The colour impact of this painting and the clear shapes are what make this piece stand out and hold our attention.

It is for sale at £400

Emma Turpin Autumn Trees

Tom Marsh - 'Places'

March - April

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

Ken Townsend

March - April

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'’.

Ken Townsend Table Aigaliers Oil