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Painting 'en plein air' 2022

Sally Cole held a very successful solo exhibition at the Gallery in 2021 and is one of our featured artists during winter 2021-2022.
Her paintings appear very abstract but the often dramatic landscapes emerge as you dwell upon the images. She is part of a long history of landscape painters who often brave challenging weather conditions to record what they see and feel.

The phrase 'En plein air' is credited to De Valenciennes in his treatise of 1800. Working outside in the landscape enables the artist to capture the changing details of the weather and light. The French Barbizon School of the 1830s consciously worked with this approach. In the UK, think Turner!

Sally Cole Working In The Landscape

Halloween 2021

Halloween at the Gallery saw Ms Timberlina leading a Zombie Spoon-making craft event for young Ghouls.

A monstrosity of materials were provided and there were certain revolting refreshments. Ghastly grown-ups were allowed in accompanied by a ghoul. There were many spookily amazing costumes.

Ms Timberlina

'In Conversation with David Lock and John Wiltshire, September 2021

As part of Rye Arts Festival our second 'In Conversation' event was a four-way discussion. The participants were artists David Lock, who had curated and contributed to the exhibition 'Burra and Friends', and John Wiltshire who was the featured artist of 'B is for Burra', along with Dr Dairmuid Hester from Cambridge University and art historian Louise Simkiss.

There was a look-back at the social context for Burra as a gay artist with health disabilities compared with contemporary artists' contexts and viewpoints, plus John's experience of making art in response to our Burra Archive.

The audience was hugely appreciative and enjoyed the chance to ask questions and participate after the discussion.

L-R: John, Louise, Dairmuid and David

Wiltshire Simkiss Hester Lock Sep21

'In Conversation with Louis Turpin', September 2021

Louis is pictured chatting with Dr Julian Day, the Gallery's Director. This event was part of our programme during the Rye Arts Festival.

The audience was surrounded by the artist's exhibition 'Gardens - Landscapes' as they listened to a generous sharing of his development as a painter and the way in which he approaches each work.

Louis lives in Rye but has a national reputation with collectors across the country.

Louis Turpin In Conversation With Julian Day 15Sep21 2

'Mixed Flowers' loaned to the Gallery for the two Burra Exhibitions, August - October 2021

Edward Burra family member Frances in front of 'Mixed Flowers' loaned by the family for the exhibitions.

This large watercolour shows a dazzling array of blooms, rare for Burra, We are thrilled to be able to show it again.

Frances is standing in front of a display containing archival ephemora from Burra's studio, a focus of recent visual research by painter John Wiltshire who has been in residence at the Gallery.

Frances Catt And Burra Flowers 2021 S

Preview party for 'Burra and Friends' and 'B is for Burra' exhibitions, August 2021

Gallery Director, Dr Julian Day and Senior Staff member, Jason McEwan-McGhie chatting with guests at the Private View of the two exhibitions.

Six gallery rooms were open and guests enjoyed these important and unusual exhibitions and chatting with friends over a glass of wine.

We were delighted to have many of the exhibiting artists with us.

Julian And Jason Burra And Friends PV Aug21

John Wiltshire - Artist in Residence, The Burra Room, May-August 2021

John has been spending a day per week at the Gallery to examine our Edward Burra Archive and to draw and paint in response to his findings.
The Archive is a mix of letters, photos, catalogues and also a cache of studio ephemera loaned by his family - sketches, paintboxes, brushes, colour tests on the backs of envelopes, ornaments, toy figures, this and that from Burra's studio.

The connection with John was sealed when an ancient dead bee was discovered in Burra's water pot. We have been showing work by John including Bee paintings for several years now!

He is a distinguished artist regularly showing at the RI, the RWS and the RA in London as well as across Kent, Sussex, Norfolk and Cambridge.

John Wiltshire Telling Bees

Online Auction Update! Spring 2021

Our springtime Online Auction raised funds towards the conservation of our precious Permanent Collection and our ancient buildings.

The auction raised a total of over £9,000. Thanks to all artists, donors and bidders for this wonderful result.

The image shows the beautiful ceramic donated by local master potter James Fuggle - 'Eastern Promise' - which is going home to a lucky purchaser.

James Fuggle Ceramic Eastern Promise