Rye has always been a draw for artists and has been home to many famous artists in the past including Paul Nash, Edward Burra and John Piper (see below). Rye has a thriving art scene with regular exhibitions in the growing number of galleries. The Arts Festival includes visual arts events and there are regular open studios across the area. Art lovers can travel a short distance to the Hastings Contemporary, Towner, Turner and De La Warr – all within easy reach of Rye.
Art Galleries in Rye
There are many galleries in and around Rye, exhibiting and selling contemporary and traditional art and photography by national as well as local artists. For profiles of individual artists see blog category Artist in Focus.
An international creative arts centre in the heart of Rye. A range of cultural events and exhibitions. Bridgepoint Rye
image showing architects design, Bridgepoint.
Rye Art Gallery
Rye Art Gallery has regularly changing contemporary art and craft for sale, a fine permanent collection of national and regional importance and a variety of supporting events.
Red Door Gallery
Red Door Gallery runs an enticing and diverse exhibition programme that changes every two to four weeks. Exhibitions feature a range of talented creatives including artists, sculptors, ceramicists and jewellery designers.
Roche Gallery is a contemporary art gallery and portrait studio in the heart of the ancient town of Rye, owned by Marina Kim and Tim Roche.
Ryebank Gallery is passionate about exhibiting and supporting a wide variety of artists; in nurturing emerging artists and in keeping connected to our wider community.
The Purdie Gallery is a unique gallery showcasing the contemporary landscape photography of David Purdie. They sell limited edition signed canvas prints in a range of sizes. Greetings cards and jigsaws are also available.
Just One Gallery
Clive Sawyer has been providing discerning clients with high end fine art photographs in limited editions since 2008. Over the years he started to limit the editions to just 10. Now he limits his editions to just one print.
Rye Harbour & Fairlight
Avocet Gallery & Tea Room
Based outside Rye in Rye Harbour, Avocet Gallery is run by award-winning photographer Peter Greenhalf and former journalist Morgan (who makes all the delicious cakes).
Jason Michael Art
An online gallery on the East Sussex coast with opportunity to view by appointment.
Artists in Focus
To find out more about local artists, see Artists in Focus.
Watercolour – Rye Town by Martin Bradshaw
Rye Society of Artists
Celebrating 70 years. See website for members work and exhibitions
Watercolour – Landgate Rye by Andrew Blyth
Rye’s Artistic Heritage
Rye Art Gallery – Burra Collection
The family of Edward Burra (1905-1976) has generously loaned some letters, studio ephemera and photographs by the artist, which add to their own holdings of paintings, designs, drawings and prints by Burra. About The Collection – Rye Art Gallery
Edward Burra (1905-1976)
Was born in Rye (which he called “Tinsel town) and lived in Springfield House on Rye Hill. He was born into upper middle class respectability in the decade before Europe was plunged into war His family had money and privilege but he rebelled against both, leaving a legacy of paintings in the figurative tradition which are amongst the strangest and most distinctive of the century.
John Ryan (1922-2009)
John Ryan, author, illustrator and animator, creator of Captain Pugwash the swashbuckling pirate, lived in Rye near the Ypres Tower. Find out more about Pugwash and the work of John Ryan in the Rye Castle Museum, East Street. More can be found about John Ryan here.
Painting of smugglers by Martin Bradshaw