Rye Art Gallery: a correction

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I have been asked to draw to your attention a factual error in Kenneth Bird’s reporting of the Friends of Rye Art Gallery AGM on March 8 [“Art rising in the sky“, Rye News, March 25]. In his article he referred to the timing of the Richard Adams and David Crew shows, giving the impression they were held since Jane Fenn became gallery director. This is incorrect.

This has caused us some embarrassment with the former gallery manager who was responsible for the shows, which were held in 2013. Please print the following correction as soon as possible. The paragraph referred to should have said: “Moreover the retail side had been losing money and was draining cash at the rate of £300 a week. A decision to close however was avoided in 2013 with the help of two selling shows by Richard Adams and David Crew together with the review of operating costs which all helped to stabilise the cash situation. Following a management restructuring Jane Fenn was appointed as the gallery director in August 2014 and the past few months’ trading has been particularly strong helping to consolidate the trust’s financial situation, although it is by no means clear of danger and much reliance continues to be placed upon the success of the retail sales.”

Michael Miller
Chairman Rye Art Gallery trustees