Gallery’s new space for art

Chris Freeman rolling the new vinyl flooring

Rye Art Gallery has an exciting new programme for the next few months and, as well as the award-winning ground floor gallery, there is now a newly refurbished space on the first floor (shown above), immediately at the top of staircase.

This light, well-lit space, generously funded by the Friends of the Rye Art Gallery, will provide extra exhibition and selling space while the permanent collection will continue to be shown in Galleries 5 and 6.

Over two Sundays in April there will be a dynamic course – ‘Walking, Talking and Drawing’. See the new website for details.

Throughout April 2-24, the “Dungeness” exhibition shows the works of Sarah Palmer and Diane Franklin, with some Dungeness inspired work by Elaine Bolt. These artists are based near Hastings and are influenced by the local landscape and seascape.

Also in April, the Rye Society of Artists are showing the very best art that Rye and its environs have to offer. This very popular show will include our best loved and well known artists like Richard Adams.

Looking further ahead, Oska Lappin and Gary Goodman, two wonderfully uncompromising and arresting Sussex artists will be exhibiting from June 18 to July 17. Oska Lappin has lived in St Leonards for the past eight years and in her words “My work conjoins the hard physical nature of the woodcut with the flow and expression of the narrative.”

Gary Goodman is a poet and artist who has performed worldwide and he both paints images and writes with resounding directness.

From May 14 onwards, pieces chosen from our permanent collection will include Edward Burra, Paul Nash and John Piper.

This illustrates the uniqueness of the Rye Art Gallery in the juxtaposition of contemporary art for sale with a collection that contains valuable and historically interesting work, some of which reveals the fascinating history of the Gallery’s evolution.

Photo: Kenneth Bird