Last Year the Rye Art Gallery Trust received permission from the Charities Commission to re-start a group of Subscribers called "Friends" following on from our consultations with Supporters. The scheme has now been fully approved by the Charities Commission and we are delighted to announce the launch of the NEW Friends scheme here. For full details and the application forms to join us, please just follow the Friends scheme link in the menu.
Please do get in touch and join our emailing list (data-protected) by using the Subscribe button in the column to the left. If you prefer to receive information and invitations by post or hand-delivery, please just click on our 'Get in Touch' page and send us your details.
Don't forget you can call in to the Gallery at any time and pick up our latest Exhibitions and Events Brochure, which is published every six months.
If you would like to help at Exhibitions, Events or with fund-raising, please get in touch with us if you are not already on the list.
We aim to increase the level of sponsorship we already have for aspects of the Gallery programme.
Contact the Chair of Trustees at the Gallery where your interest and ideas for partnership will be warmly welcomed. Sponsorship might take the shape of once-off contribution for the hanging and preview refreshments of a particular exhibition, with associated publicity, or a longer-term partnership with mutual benefits.
For example, we enjoy working with Artwrite, our local art and office materials shop in Rye, on the annual Stormont Awards, and Heringtons Solicitors place informative advertisements in our Programme Brochures.
All financial donations to the Rye Art Gallery Trust are most welcome and will enable us to better fulfill the aims of the Trust.
Our complex historic building needs a great deal of regular upkeep, repair and maintenance. Some of the items in our Collection require expert conservation - this might be restoration, repair, mounting, framing or glazing, all to Museum standard.
We have Donation boxes in the Gallery but we also welcome gifts via bank transfer and cheque. If you are able to gift-aid your donation, it adds around 20% to the amount and is much appreciated.
For all sorts of reasons, you might like to make a bequest in your will to Rye Art Gallery Trust, which is a Charity. This might be in the form of a financial legacy or, for example, a work of art for the Collection. Financially, a bequest to a Charity does not attract inheritance tax and so could be beneficial to you.
WORKS OF ART
If you are considering the donation or bequest of a work of art, this would need to comply with our Collection Development Policy which focuses on 19th-21st century British Art. The piece could be given in memory of yourself and/or a loved one. Where an art work is given, we would acknowledge you by name(s) in the Collection Catalogue and on the label of the work when exhibited.
For Donations and Bequests
Please contact the Chair of Rye Art Gallery Trust at the Gallery address.
THE FORMER 'FRIENDS OF RYE ART GALLERY'
The former 'Friends of Rye Art Gallery' was a separate charity but closed with due process in April 2017 when the committee became unviable. The Trustees are most grateful for the final donation of over £9,000 towards upgrading the historic studio of the Trust's founders, known as the Stormont Studio (Gallery 6).
Current proposals are for the Studio and for the main staircase leading up to it. We are currently fund-raising to add to this generous donation in order to cover the costs of all the work needed. If you can help further with this we would be delighted to hear from you.