We have extended our Staff desk area in Gallery 2 with a longer bench and more cupboards and drawers beneath.
Here are two of our friendly and knowledgable Gallery Assistants, Keith and Helen, waiting to be of help to you, whether you are browsing, buying or just want to find out about an artist's work.
Gallery Director, Jane Fenn together with artist Matt Hardman at the Opening Reception of Matt's show with the Gallery - 'Tales of the After Life'.
The Gallery hosted a vibrant opening reception for an appreciative group of Hardman collectors, enthusiasts and friends.
Hardman's dramatic and isolated figures and lonely landscapes create a haunting and unforgetable memory. They are turbulent painted scenes, sometimes combined with found objects or attached panels, which hover and bring the work ominously forward to the viewer.
The photo shows L-R, Matt chatting with artists Angie Braven and David Crew and architect John Kitcher. We were also delighted to welcome the Mayor of Rye, Cllr Michael Boyd.
Huge numbers of friends and buyers packed the recent Opening Reception for the Louis Turpin show in Galleries 1 and 3.
Maybe his best collection of works yet, the walls were ablaze with his joyous colours and shapes alive. Gardens from Cornwall and Edinburgh, palm trees from Ronda, Andalucia, an intoxicating mix.
The photo shows artist Davida Smith (Turpin), talking with guests.
Our three favourite Academicians, all of whom show at the Gallery, came in support of the Louis Turpin exhibition.
Mick Rooney RA, Gus Cummins RA and Fred Cuming RA. All three artists have work in our Permanent Collection as well.
When was the last time you saw these three sitting together on a nearby bench?!
The Gallery's illustrated lecture for the Rye Arts Festival was by Antony Penrose, the son of Roland Penrose and Lee Miller. Roland was a significant British surrealist painter and Lee was a surrealist photographer, WW2 photo-jounalist and muse.
Antony took the audience through the formation in Paris of the surrealist movement in the 1920s, Roland's participation in this group of friends, his own development as a painter, and then his mission and struggle to promote the movement's vision and work in this country.
Gradually, via very mixed reaction, the movement spread, aided by the quality of Roland's own work, his founding of the Institute of Contemporary Art (the ICA) in London, his curation of many exhibitions by his continental friends and a modernising British art scene
The photo shows Antony ready at the start of his spell-binding talk.
As always, we were pleased to host a selection of GCSE work from Rye College - the students are the local, and perhaps the international, artists of tomorrow. Thanks to Head of Faculty, Lauren Loveless, for curating the exhibition.
The examination gives scope for lots of different two- and three-dimensional art in answer to technical and visual questions.
The show was lively, vibrant and sometimes political with views on current affairs and the challenges of living in our world.