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Consultation during January 2018

This month the Trustees and Director are consulting with our Supporters, including all those interested in resurrecting a group of 'Subscribers'.  Historically the Subscribers were a support group recognised by the original Trust Deed, but in recent years they had become redundant during the existence of a separate charity, The Friends of Rye Art Gallery, which closed last year.  

We have been creating a New Mailing List of those interested in supporting future developments at the Gallery, in exploring the idea of creating a Subscriber group, and in continuing to hear directly about our exhibitions and events.

Following consultation we hope to design a scheme which benefits both the potential Subscribers and the Gallery.  Consultation is taking the form of a questionnaire and two informal discussion meetings this month.  Subscribers might have reduced charges for Gallery Events such as talks, workshops and social events and other benefits.  Historically, they have also been able to elect one Trustee to the Board and this practice can be enabled by an update to the Trust Deed approved by the Charities Commission. 

The new Mailing List - please contact us to be added to it - it is not identical with our Client and Artist mailing lists or with the former Friends' Membership list - so please specify that you wish to be placed on the New List.  To save expense, communication is via a 'bcc' email group, but post or delivery can be arranged on request for those without email. 


We aim to increase the level of sponsorship we have for aspects of the Gallery programme.

Do please 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 have enjoyed working with Artwrite, our local art materials supplier in Rye, on the Stormont Awards last year.


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 in particular 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, cultural and financial, you might like to make a bequest 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.


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 bequeathed, 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 Friends of Rye Art Gallery' was a separate charity but closed with due process in April 2017.  

Members voted at their final AGM that the remaining funds be passed to the Rye Art Gallery Trust, ring-fenced for the refurbishment of the Studio Gallery 6.  The Trustees are most grateful for the donation of over £9,000 towards upgrading the historic studio of the Trust's founders. They thank all the members of the Friends who over the years have been so supportive of the Gallery.

We are liaising with two volunteer architects who are Gallery Supporters and have drawn up plans for the refurbishment.  Their proposals are for Gallery 6 and for the main staircase leading up to it.  More soon.

Preview event

Preview event

Rear elevation of the Link

Rear elevation of the Link

Gallery 6

Gallery 6

Matt Hardman, Prodigy, 2015

Matt Hardman, Prodigy, 2015

Chris Cuthbert and Alan Hale, Dreams of a Sundance Day, 1980

Chris Cuthbert and Alan Hale, Dreams of a Sundance Day, 1980

Merlyn Evans, Tragic Group, 1950

Merlyn Evans, Tragic Group, 1950