Rye Creative Centre 10 years old

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Steph Rubin portrait head modelled in clay.

For the 10th time, New Road Artists are opening their studios to the public. The resident artists of Rye Creative Centre are holding their popular annual Open Studios event on September 20-21.

Though the centre went through a couple of changes of management in the past decade, its creative community is a strong constant and keen to welcome both art lovers and fellow artists in their work spaces, while the gallery on the ground floor features a carefully curated selection of New Road Artists’ recent work on display.

Rye Creative Centre is home to 25 artists, designer-makers and creative companies, with studios or archives permanently on site. Starting off in the early days as loosely connected studio holders, the artists organised themselves into a collective under the name of “New Road Artists” in 2015, filling the on-site gallery with attractive exhibitions of their own work, as well as inviting other regional and international artists to present their creations to an audience from Rye and its surroundings.

On September 20 from 5pm to 8pm and September 21 from 11am to 4:30pm, visitors will be able to enter the studios of over 20 artists and makers working in disciplines like sculpture, painting, photography, textile art and various mixed media work, as well as “The Studio”, the creative space for artists with physical disabilities and/or learning differences who come and make art with resident artist Jenny Edbrooke.  Security will be tight as Sarah’s dog Delilah (pictured) will be on duty, woe betide anyone who isn’t prepared to be licked to death!

“I’m watching you, give me a stroke or I’ll lick you to death”

There’ll be a bar on Friday evening, a cafe during the day on Saturday, both easily accessible on the ground floor. The exhibition of all New Road Artists’ work in the gallery continues until October 11, 12-7.30pm weekdays only.

Paula MacArthur, one of the first creatives to rent a studio space at the then called “School Creative Centre” has taken part in almost all 10 Open Studio events now. She recommends “This is your once-in-a-year opportunity to view and buy a huge range of work directly from all the artists and makers of Rye Creative Centre. Let’s make it an extra special one for our 10th anniversary!”

The Rye Creative Centre occupies the premises of the old Freda Gardham School, New Road, Rye, TN31 7LS. Email arts@ryecreativecentre.co.uk

Image Credits: Steph Rubin , Nick Forman .

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