Rye Art Gallery


Supported by Arts Council England

Supported by Rother District Council

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Rye Art Gallery 

'Pathways' with Denise Franklin and Jane Beecham is now open and will run until Sunday 11th August 2024

The run up to opening our new exhibition Pathways has been a very exciting journey for us all. Both artists have collaborated closely on this project together and have seen it through to fruition. The show is the culmination of works created over the past year.

The timing of the exhibition could not have been better, as both artists in their own way have experienced a serious shift change in the development and maturity in their work and practice. The fruitfulness from this collaboration has been truly exceptional, and we are delighted to now have it on the gallery walls for everyone to see and enjoy.

Denise received well deserved recognition last year, when she was awarded the prestigious Hugh Casson drawing prize at The Royal Academy for works on paper. Following on from this reward, her new work displayed in Pathways continues with a confident rhythmical layering of line and tone.

Jane graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Brighton in 2022, an experience which she agrees, gave her a real uplift at that time providing that redirection for her work that was needed.

We are delighted to be showing the results of this new route taken here with us at Pathways. Both artists share a joy in walking and being in the landscape somewhere between the sea and sky. Although both artists’ work is mostly monochrome, colour and texture seeps through to provide extra atmosphere and emotion for the viewer.

It has been such a pleasure to work with Denise and Jane and we wish them both all good things with their onward journey.

We know you will love this exhibition and welcome to Summer at Rye Art Gallery!


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Rye Art Gallery

Step through our door in the High Street and you will be on a journey of discovery. Inside the Gallery, you will find large, interlinked spaces and changing displays of contemporary art to browse and buy.  With an exciting annual programme of exhibitions, you can also treat yourself to a view of some of our Permanent Collection including works by Edward Burra, Fred Cuming RA, Gus Cummins RA, Jacob Epstein, Ivon Hitchens, Paul Nash, John Piper, Mick Rooney RA, Graham Sutherland and Diana Low.

The unique layout is because the Gallery has been created from two domestic houses on two different Rye streets, now combined via a short staircase link. Artists Howard Gull Stormont (1859-1935) and Mary Elizabeth Stormont (1871—1962) lived in Ypres Studio, an Arts and Crafts house on Ockman Lane, and artist Eileen Easton lived at 107 High Street. The houses now make one premise.  

Mary created the Rye Art Gallery Trust in 1957 and bequeathed the Ypres Studio to the Trust at her death in 1962. One of the couple’s many artist friends, the painter Eileen Easton, became one of the original trustees and she later bequeathed her High Street house to the Trust as well.

The domestic history of the buildings has left its mark. There are stunning views down to the Rother estuary, especially from Howard and Mary’s old studio (the Stormont Room) at the top of the building. Through an unmarked door, there is just about enough additional room for our administrative work, some of it taking place under the eaves in the original bedrooms.

The Gallery’s Contemporary Artists and Makers

We sell paintings, prints, drawings, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, glassware, wood, and mixed media pieces. Also available are cards, gift ideas and books. We operate a special scheme for those who fall in love with a piece and prefer to spread out their payments over a two-month period.  We are happy to respond to queries and enquiries about the work we show.  Our staff are well qualified with degrees in Fine Art and Design.

To view visit: http://www.ryeartgallery.co.uk/art-for-sale


The Permanent Collection

To view the Collection, click here: https://www.ryeartgallery.co.uk/collection-artists 

They include many works by artists of national and international importance as well as regional favourites.  We have uploaded most of our Catalogue and future plans are to provide you with an image for every work along with its descriptive entry.  

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Mon - Sat: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Sundays: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed: Tuesdays

Bank Holiday Mondays: 11.00am - 4.00pm


For Individual Appointments: To view any of our works for sale or to make an appoinment to see items held in our Permanent Collection please email the gallery director Dr. Julian Day ryeartgallery@gmail.com


Art for Sale: Please follow the link below to view works currently available in the gallery



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Artists in Focus: A full selection from each artist is available to view on our 'Art for Sale' section.


Bernard McGuigan


Bernard is a quiet modest man but full of determination and energy, which is often reflected in his work. If you take for example, 'Just the Two of Us', the movement of the piece is full of vitality, the two-figures joined not only by physical attributes but also by an emotional energy too.

More recently Bernard’s work has moved towards abstraction, where marks of the artists tools are more evident, 'Autumn Days' bears this evidence where rough stone sits symmetrically next to the smooth polished stone.

Another abstract piece in place at the gallery is 'Riding the Wave', which is completely smooth and polished made from limestone which depicts a large kidney form with two smaller geometric shapes inside where the subtractive process is manifest. A piece that most visitors of the gallery cannot help but stroke, the tactile nature of this artwork makes something so hard and inanimate become more lifelike offering a special kind of sensory experience.


Sally Cole


Sally’s paintings are a means of expressing what she feels to be the essence of the land.

She spends many hours working outside in all weathers, simply looking and making marks in her countless sketchbooks. Though she does not work directly from these visual notes, they are a necessary means of storing and holding ideas.

Going back through these sketchbooks she remembers the weather, the sounds and energy of the place, she will call on these sometimes-tenuous threads to help inform the work created in her studio.

Located in Hastings Country Park, her studio again gives her immediate access to a beautifully diverse landscape. She will often spend many hours sitting and contemplating the feel of the natural park right on her doorstep.

She also spends a great deal of time travelling and painting in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and New Zealand.

The quality of light, the scale and the sense of mystery and majesty in both Pembrokeshire and New Zealand continues to inform and excite her.

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Melvyn Evans

Paintings and linocuts

Melvyn Evans the artist, illustrator and printmaker's bold lino-cut prints and paintings, feature seascapes and landscapes. Melvyn takes inspiration from the ancient natural elements of the British landscape specifically the Hitchen Stone boundary between Yorkshire and Lancashire.

A series of works including Stone Forest (2019) and Lost Land With Boat Form (2020) reimagine the fossilised ruins of a vast submerged area called Doggerland, where in around 6,500BC, rising sea levels flooded the area which originally connected Britain to continental Europe. Remnants can still be seen today at low tide in some areas particularly at Redcar beach.

If there’s one thing the work of Melvyn Evans conveys it’s his love for the British countryside. In both the representation of land and the sea, through a considered use of colour and shape, his paintings and lino prints embody a historic sense of place. They explore the bonds that exist between human endeavour and the landscape as a dramatic, natural backdrop.