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Coming soon at Rye Art Gallery, a date for your diary.......

To take us through Spring and into the Summer months we have an exciting exhibition to announce as part of our 2024 programme.

'The Art of British Printmaking', makes a welcome biannual return to Rye this year. There is a long history of print making in the East Sussex Kent borders that we represent with selected artists new works but the exhibition will include important curated works from our permanent collection in Rye.

The exhibition will open with a Private View on Saturday 11th May at 11am and is scheduled to run until Sunday 16th June 2024.

Please email us for for further details of the forthcoming events linked to the exhibition:


Rye Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, 2024 - Private View

To herald the first weekend of Spring, we opened the annual RSA Spring Exhibition throughout the gallery, accompanied by an extremely well-attended Private View.

Over 40 locally based artists are exhibiting, and we are proud to showcase over 150 artworks in an extensive variety of mediums - from paint and print to ceramics, sculpture, and photography.

This year, in our studio space, the RSA has also invited seven new artists to display their work, with the potential for them to become full members of the society, subject to a membership ballot.

We wish them all well and their work looks fantastic.

The exhibition runs until 5th May 2024


Private View for Louis Turpin's 'Onward Journeys: Gardens and Landscapes' our first exhibition of 2024

On Saturday 17th February, the gallery welcomed an extraordinary number of guests to the opening reception of Louis Turpin’s new solo exhibition.

This event was hosted in galleries one and three and was attended by customers and supporters far and wide. Despite an initial hurdle involving a lack of electricity, the opening reception was a resounding success. The atmosphere was enhanced with the use of candles, and plenty of ‘Bucks Fizz’ it made for an unforgettable experience. This led to a turnout that the gallery hasn't seen in a long time. The exhibition features more than 25 pieces of Turpin's work. These pieces, presented in the two separate spaces, range in mediums from oil and ink to pencil.

The exhibition is scheduled to run until 17th March.

Photo credit: John Cole Photography

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Barefoot Opera Fundraising Event at Rye Art Gallery

On Saturday 9th December, we 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’

We welcomed over 70 guests throughout the gallery spaces, and raised over £1,500 which will go towards the next essential phase in the restoration of our historic buildings.

During 2024, the restoration works will focus on our three permanent collection stores and archive rooms which 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.

We thank everyone who attended and the members of 'Barefoot Opera' who gave such fantastic performances.

We are now in the process of discussing more of these events for 2024........

Photo credit : John Cole Photography

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Private View for 'Abundance' our final exhibition of 2023

On Saturday 18th November, the gallery welcomed a very large number of attendees to celebrate the opening of our final exhibition of 2023.

‘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.

The exhibition has now been extended to run until 28th January.

Do come and see us soon........

Photo credit : John Cole Photography

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Celebrating Halloween at Rye Art Gallery

On Friday 27th October we welcomed a large number of ghouls, ghosts and spookily dressed individuals into the Stormont studio for lots of creative fun!

Our annual Halloween creative workshop events are growing rapildy year on year and we hope to do more workshops centred around other seasonal events in the coming months.

Watch this space............🎃

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Opening reception for 'Jacqueline Stanley HRHA ARCA (1928-2022) A Retrospective'

On Friday 28th July 2023, the gallery had the pleasure of welcoming over 100 guests to the opening reception of our brand new Summer exhibition 'Jacqueline Stanley HRHA ARCA (1928-2022) A Retrospective'

Celebrating the life and work of Jacqueline Stanley, from her early years of painting in the 1940's through to her final oil painting. The exhibition has been extended through to October 8th.

Alongside we also feature 'Little Men' the box figure series from Liz Finch and selected works by Angie Braven.

From left to right : Louise Simkiss-Day, Claire Kirwan, Jane Milton-Bruce, Liz Finch, Nichola Bruce, Angie Braven, and Nichole

Photo credit : John Cole Photography


An afternoon of talk and poetry

On Saturday 22nd July 2023, as part of our 'Works on Paper' exhibition we welcomed the artist Sally Cole and poet Peronel Barnes in the gallery for a relaxed afternoon of talk and poetry.

Sally discussed her travels and inspirations drawn from the Pembrokeshire coast, Ireland and New Zealand, her techniques and working methods whilst Peronel read poems that she had written especially for the event.

We thank them both for giving their time to the gallery.

Photo credit : John Cole Photography

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Private View 'Works on Paper'

On Saturday 20th May 2023 the gallery welcomed a large number of attendees to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition 'Works on Paper'.

Featuring artist Sally Cole alongside newly discovered permanent collection works from Robert Mackechnie (1894-1975).

The exhibition will run in galleries 4 & 6 until Sunday 23rd July

Photo credit : John Cole

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Saturday 22nd April 2023 - celebrating Earth Day at Rye Art Gallery

To celebrate Earth Day at Rye Art Gallery we held two events during the day.

Our children's morning workshop drew in a creative crowd. All of which participated in making rain sticks, paintings stones and decorating globes.

The afternoon session in connection with our 'tilt' exhibition saw a second visit from artists Rosamund Cran, who demonstrated the art of hand making coptic bound books.

And Sarah Palmer who shared a very hands on approach in encouraging our visitors to experiment with shape and form through the use of clay.

The events throughout the day again proved extremely popular for the gallery and we look forward to holding and sharing more events with you all soon.

Here are local twins Robyn and Harry, showing their 'rain sticks' made during our morning workshop

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