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Exhibitions & Events

Louis Turpin, Onward Journeys: Gardens and Landscapes

Saturday 17th February - Sunday 17th March 2024


We are very excited to announce that our 2024 exhibition programme commences with Louis Turpin's long awaited solo show.

Do come and join us in the gallery to celebrate the opening of this new exhibition with a Private View on Saturday 17th February from 11am

Please RSVP to secure your places



Saturday 18th November 2023 - Extended until Sunday 28th January 2024


‘Abundance’ is a group exhibition that celebrates the fantastic new work of our local artists at Rye Art Gallery. Artworks featured include ceramics, drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture.

This is our last preview before Christmas so we do hope you can join us.

We look forward to seeing you all

Please RSVP to secure your places


The Second Rye Art Gallery Online Auction

Until 11 am on Sunday 31st December


We have extended our online auction until 11 am on December 31st.

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Barefoot Opera Fundraiser at Rye Art Gallery

Saturday 9th December 2023 6 pm - 8 pm

Rye Art Gallery

We have joined forces with the 'Barefoot Opera' for a very special evening of music with singers performing set pieces from famous operas including Giuseppe Verdi's popular ‘La traviata’, ahead of the Barefoot opera's tour of La traviata in 2024.

This performance will be in conjunction with our winter exhibition ‘abundance’ which showcases the very best new work from more than 40 artists represented by the gallery.

This evening has a very special purpose as it is being staged to raise money for the next essential phase in the restoration of our historic buildings.

Our three permanent collection stores and archive rooms desperately need updating to a museum standard. We can then look after our growing permanent collection of over 1,500 artworks more efficiently. This will also allow for better public access to the artworks and our special archive.

This is a key part of our original bequest that our significant collection which is held in trust at the gallery continues to be for the benefit and enjoyment of the Rye community and beyond.


If you haven't already booked there are still tickets available

Priced at £20.00 per person (this includes a glass of fizz)

Please help and apply directly to or telephone on 01797 222433

The image shown is 'Violeta, the final scene, La traviata', 2023 by Mick Rooney RA

Mick, has generously donated this painting to us to help secure funding for the development of our permanent collection spaces at Rye Art Gallery.

Mick Rooney RA


Friday 27th October 12 midday - 2 pm

Stormont Studio

Come along with the family to create your own spooky art

This is a free drop in event

All children to be accompanied by an adult

Prizes given for the most ghoulish outfits

Please let us know you will be attending


Liz Finch, "The Romance of Bricks" film screening

Thursday 26th October 2023 at 5 pm

Stormont Studio

A film by British avant-garde filmmaker Nichola Bruce, 'The Romance of Bricks' is a poignant portrait of the artist Liz Finch: painter, performer and poet.

The film is a surreal and intimate account of Liz’s life, spanning her childhood in Lancashire, her time at art school, a life-changing accident and arriving on the London scene in the early 80s.

Liz speaks candidly about her work, testament to the trust between her and Nichola. The film includes interviews with Jools Holland, Richard Strange and Nicola Bateman Bowery speaking about their admiration of Liz and her work.

There is a book available to purchase from Rye Art Gallery, 'The Romance of the Bricks - The Art of Liz Finch' as seen in the film by Nichola Bruce.

This screening is a free event with limited ticket availability, due to space so please email the gallery to secure your place

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Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022) A Retrospective

Saturday 29th July - extended until Sunday 8th October 2023

Also featuring 'Little Men' by Elizabeth Finch and selected works by Angela Braven.

Our anniversary exhibition this year opens on Saturday 29th July with 'Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022) A Retrospective' and runs through until the 30th of September.

Taking in ‘The Rye Arts Festival’ with special screenings of Nichola Bruce's documentary film about her mother Jackie and a second film called 'The Romance of Bricks', featuring the artist Liz Finch.

This show includes new works from the estate covering Jackie’s entire career. Also alongside this we focus on women artists of Rye Art Gallery with contemporary responses to our archives and collection. This will be a joint curation with Liz Finch & Angela Braven.

The image shown is 'Self Portrait with Brushes", oil on canvas, circa 1940’s' by Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022)

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Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022) A Retrospective

Saturday 16th September 2023

Curatorial Tour, Talk and Film Preview

Please join us in the gallery for a curatorial tour of Jacqueline Stanley's Retrospective.

Followed by a preview screening of clips from a film in the making about Jackie, directed by her daughter, film maker Nichola Bruce.

Saturday 16th September

Doors at 4:30 pm
Screening at 5:30 pm

Tickets are priced at £10.00 per person and include refreshments

To book your place please email

The image shown is 'Barley Fields, Egerton, Kent' by Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022)

Barley Fields Egerton Kent Oil On Canvas 4 500.00

Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022) A Retrospective - opening reception

Friday 28th July 2023, 6 pm - 8 pm

The Chair, Trustees and Director request the pleasure of your company for the opening reception of the exhibition 'Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022) A Retrospective'

Featuring 'Little Men' by Elizabeth Finch & selected works by Angela Braven.

Please contact Rye Art Gallery at

The image shown is 'Moon Over Wye' by Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA (1928-2022)

Moon Over Wye

Works on Paper - In Conversation - with the artist Sally Cole, Peronel Barnes and Dr. Amy Pierce-Miller.

Saturday 22nd July 2023

Join us in the gallery for an afternoon of talk and poetry.

Saturday 22nd July 2023
4 pm - 6 pm tickets are priced at £12.00
(Friends of Rye Art Gallery go free, but still need to book)

Refreshments will be included, please email us to book your place and purchase tickets.

The image shown is 'Carn Llidi, Autumn' by Sally Cole

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Quiet Living 'Curatorial Talk'

Friday 7th July 2023, 6pm - 8 pm

Nick Archer, a featured artist in Quiet Living will be with us in the gallery on Friday 7th of July from 6pm, along with his students from his annual summer painting workshop, to discuss his work with the Curator.

We are opening up this discussion to you all - if you wish to attend then please do let us know via email.

A contribution of £10.00 per person is requested to go towards refreshments.

Look forward to seeing you there.

The image shown is 'Flower Piece, Fowey', 2016, oil by Fred Cuming RA (1930-2022)

Fred Cuming Flower Piece Window Fowey 2016 Oil 20x24ins Copy

Quiet Living - Private View

Saturday 10th June 2023 11 am - 1 pm

Please come and join us in the gallery to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition.

'Quiet Living' is a group exhibition of still life works featuring paintings by Nick Archer, Karen Birchwood, Fred Cuming RA, Fiona Denning, Brian Oxley, Jacqueline Stanley ARCA HRHA and Estelle Vera.

With selected permanent collection pieces by Diana Low, Mary Stormont and Margaret Barnard.

We look forward to welcoming you all.

Refreshments will be available.

Please RSVP to secure your place :

The exhibition will run until Sunday 23rd July

The image shown is 'Rose on Cream' by Nick Archer, oil on canvas

Nick Archer Rose On Cream 77 X 62 Cm Oil On Canvas