Gallery News

The Stormont Awards and Exhibition - JUNGLE!

Here are many of the participating children, parents and teachers at the Stormont Awards prize-giving and Exhibition opening. Some of the children are holding their certificates and have been awarded quality art materials, as have their schools.

You can read all about this important art competition for primary and junior age children on our dedicated website pages. Go to the menu on the left and click on The Stormont Awards to see the 2017 and 2018 events.

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New Desk area in Gallery 2

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.

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The Show is Up and Running!

Gallery Director, Jane Fenn together with artist Matt Hardman at the Opening Reception of Matt's current show with the Gallery - 'Tales of the After Life'.

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Matt Hardman Exhibition - The Opening Reception for 'Tales from 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.

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Louis Turpin show - a packed Opening Reception during Rye Arts Festival

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.

Davida Smith PV Louis Show 2018

Three Royal Academicians at Louis' show

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?!

3 RAs Rooney Cummins Cuming Sept 18

Antony Penrose on 'Roland Penrose and the British Surrealists'

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.

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Rye College GCSE Exhibition - August in Studio Gallery 6

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.

Rye College GCSE Work Aug18

Edward Twohig RE - A talk on Sir Frank Short, RA, RI, PRE

In early June we were held spellbound by Edward's knowledge and enthusiasm for the art of Sir Frank Short.

The Gallery holds 55 of Short's prints as part of the Collection and some were on display in the exhibition around us. Detailed copies of many others by Short and those who influenced him were passed around the group as Edward described what we were seeing. He gave us a wonderful mixture of information about the artist, his friends, the art world of Short's time, the many techniques used and the sheer skill and originality of Short's visual language.

Edward Twohig is first and formost a printmaker and RE but also a warm and enthusiastic speaker and teacher.

The image shows him with four works by Short in the current exhibition.

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Roger Staton gives a talk on the Etching Revival

Writer and researcher Roger Staton is shown here ready for the detailed and interesting talk he gave recently at the Gallery.

He has been researching the history of etching for 20 years and is the author of two books on printmakers. He runs a Twitter feed on the etching revival.

The event ran in support of our current print exhibitions in May and June - contemporary works for sale in the downstairs galleries and Collection pieces by Piranesi and Short in Studio Gallery 6.

Roger Staton Ready For Prints Talk May18 Lr