Exhibitions & Events

'Miniatures and Masterstrokes' - the Christmas Show!

3rd December 2020 - 3rd January 2021

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There will be a festive array of beautiful goodies from our artists and makers! We have all kinds of small delights that will fulfill all your Christmas present requirements.

See social media for images and information during the November Lockdown period.

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

Miniatures And Masterstrokes Reschedule

Katherine Reekie for 'Miniatures and Masterstrokes'

3rd December 2020 - 3rd January 2021


You will find intriguing work by Katherine Reekie included in the exhibition. Her detailed paintings are figurative and show believable forms in space. However, they demonstrate her interest in the strange and surreal.

She writes "Like props on a stage I arrange my subject matter to evoke a sense of order and purpose". But you will find that these are images and juxtapositions which have never been seen before.

Katherine trained at Camberwell School of Art, London, and completed her teaching qualification in art at Goldsmiths College, London.

Katherine Reekie

Tom Marsh - 'Places'. All works for sale

To 20th December 2020

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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 - 'Places'

To 20th December 2020

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This is 'Rye Town Chimneys from Rope Walk', oil on board. The painting is of height 54 x width 54 cms.

The price is £925.

Tom Marsh Rye Town Chimneys From Rope Walk

Tom Marsh - 'Places'

To 20th December 2020

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This is one of Tom's local landscapes.

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'

To 20th December 2020

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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

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

December 2020

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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 - seascapes

December 2020

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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'

December 2020


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'

December 2020


This small gem of an oil painting featured 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 of the sea

December 2020


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