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Saturday 22nd June 2024, 'Pathways' with Denise Franklin and Jane Beecham, Opening Reception

The 'Pathways' exhibition, a joint showcase featuring the artwork of Denise Franklin and Jane Beecham, was inaugurated at the gallery with an impressive turnout on Saturday the 22nd of June.

The opening reception was a vibrant gathering, teeming with art lovers, customers, and passionate supporters. The event was held in two distinct spaces within the gallery, as well as drinks outside on our beautiful terrace creating a dynamic and immersive experience for attendees.

This much-anticipated exhibition will continue until Sunday, 11th August, providing ample opportunity for those who wish to explore the unique artistic expressions of both artists.

Photo credit: John Cole

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Saturday 11th May 2024, 'The Art of British Printmaking', Private View

On Saturday the 11th May we opened the Rye Print Biennial, 'The Art of British Printmaking', with a very well attended Private View.

The show focuses on the many different processes of printmaking such as etching, woodcuts, linocut, lithography and screen printing.

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 RA PPRE, Robert Sargent Austin RA PPRE, Margaret Barnard, John Piper CH, Paul Nash, Edward Burra CBE, Norman Ackroyd CBE RA Hon. RE, and Edward Twohig Hon. Curator RE.

The exhibition is scheduled to run until Sunday 16th June has a selection of events linked to it, please go to our Exhibitions & Events section for more details.

Photo credit: John Cole

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The Art of British Printmaking, opens with a Private View on Saturday 11th May at 11 am

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

The Rye Print Biennial, 'The Art of British Printmaking', makes a welcome return from Saturday May 11th.

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

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 if you wish to attend the private view and 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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