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Exhibitions & Events

'Pathways' opening reception

Saturday 22nd June 2024 11am - 1 pm

'Pathways' with Denise Franklin and Jane Beecham will open with a Private View on Saturday 22nd June from 11 am until 1 pm.

Please email us at to secure your places

The show will run until Sunday 11th August 2024.


The Art of British Printmaking

Saturday 11th May to Sunday 16th June 2024

Rye Art Gallery is delighted to announce that our biennial exhibition: 'The Art of British Printmaking' is now open until Sunday 16th June.

Printmaking has been a key part of the language of art for many centuries and the focus of our exhibition is to show printmaking, particularly as an original form of artistic expression as well as the means of disseminating and reproducing work.

The show will represent the many different processes of printmaking such as etching; woodcuts; lino prints; lithography as well as screen printing.

The exhibition will have a local focus and as with many of our recent exhibitions staged here at Rye Art Gallery, we are curating this show alongside important works held in our permanent collections including those by Sir Frank Short, Robert Sergeant Austin, Margaret Barnard, John Piper, Piranesi, Paul Nash, Edward Burra, Norman Ackroyd, and Edward Twohig.


Nick Archer An Introduction to Printmaking Workshop

Rye Creative Centre, Saturday 25th May from 10am


An Introduction to Printmaking (monoprint and dry point etching) in the print room at Rye Creative Centre on Saturday 25th May.

In partnership with Rye Art Gallery and our exhibition The Art of British Printmaking. Nick will be running a workshop in the print room at Rye Creative Centre – An Introduction to Printmaking (monoprint and dry point etching).

Monoprint is the process of painting onto a smooth printing plate and then printing this onto paper creating ‘one off’ prints. Dry point etching follows the technique of scratching /etching into a plate using a sharp tool and then printing the plate on the press.

Nick will be showing the process of making a print using these techniques and helping you to develop your own visual ideas.

The workshop will be divided into 2 x 3-hour sessions: 10am – 1pm – monoprinting 2pm – 5pm – dry point etching

The groups are small (5 people maximum) and are tailored to all abilities from complete beginners to those with more experience.

Monoprint only £60
Dry point only £60
All day (both) £100

materials and equipment provided include, print plates, ink, all printing equipment.
materials not included, paper which you can bring or purchase on site. Oil paints (if you want specific colours). Reference material such as photographs and drawings to work from.

Book your places through Rye Art Gallery, email us or telephone us directly on 01797 222433

For more information from Nick:

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Join Edward Twohig and Nigel Oxley for an informal and curatorial 'Walk & Talk’

Rye Art Gallery, Saturday 1st June from 3 pm


Discover the processes and techniques of printmakers

Here, you will gain insight into the techniques, concepts, and inspirations driving the works featured in The Art of British Printmaking.

This event is led by two esteemed printmakers, Nigel Oxley and Edward Twohig, who are both elected members of the prestigious Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in London. Nigel Oxley, an honorary member, has a rich history in the field, while Edward Twohig, who also serves as an honorary curator, brings a unique perspective to the art.

This event promises to be an in-depth look into the world of British printmaking. An exploration of the exhibition which includes many important works selected from our permanent collection.

This will be followed by an "in-conversation" with the curator Dr. Julian Day, places are limited don't miss out!

Tickets are now available directly from Rye Art Gallery priced at £10 each

email us or telephone us directly on 01797 222433

Image shown: Nigel Oxley Hon. RE, From 'The G Suite', an hommage to Goya and Gordon House, otherwise known as G, Multi matrix, intaglio and planographic prints on Velin Arches paper

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An Introduction to Printmaking: Children's Workshop, for ages 8-13 years

Saturday 8th June from 11am until 1pm at Rye Art Gallery


Dive into the exciting world of printmaking with our workshop, designed specifically for children aged between 8-13 years. This event is scheduled for Saturday 8th June, from 11 am until 1 pm, hosted in the Stormont Studio at Rye Art Gallery.

Your child will have the opportunity to learn and experiment with different print-making techniques in a fun and engaging environment. Our instructors will guide them through the fundamentals of various printmaking styles, including mono-print, relief print, cyanotype, and wood block printing.

Tickets are now available directly from Rye Art Gallery priced at £10 each

Email us: or telephone us directly on 01797 222433

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Rye Society of Artists, Spring Exhibition, 2024

Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 5th May 2024


The annual Rye Society of Artists, Spring Exhibition 2024 will open with a Private View on Saturday 23rd March from 11 am until 1 pm.

Please email us at to secure your places

The show will run until Sunday 5th May 2024.


Portraits from Rye Art Gallery's Permanent Collection

Saturday 17th February until Sunday 17th March 2024

Stormont Studio at Rye Art Gallery

We invite you to explore a distinct array of portraits at Rye Art Gallery.

The works have been carefully curated from our Permanent Collection and beyond. Located in the Stormont Studio, nestled on level three within the gallery.

The exhibition is open until the 17th of March.


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.

The exhibition features more than 25 pieces of Turpin's work. These pieces, presented in two separate spaces, range in mediums from oil and ink to pencil.

The exhibition is scheduled to run until 17th March.

The piece shown here is titled 'Reed Beds at Pett Level', oil on canvas - £8,600

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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.

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