Rye has always attracted artists who are drawn to the rural and coastal landscapes and Romney Marshes. There are many artists and art galleries both in Rye and in the surrounding areas. Here is our quick guide to ways of seeing local artists.
The Rye Art Gallery is home to an inspiring display of regularly changing Contemporary art and craft for sale, a fine Permanent Collection of national and regional importance and a variety of supporting Events. For forthcoming exhibitions see Rye Art Gallery website
The Rye Creative Centre houses The New Road Artists – 30 artists, designer-makers and creative companies, with studios or archives permanently on site.
There are two photographic galleries in the High Street – The Purdie Gallery is run by David Purdie sells canvases, posters, cards, mostly of local landscapes and you can also hone your skills by attending photographic workshops. Further along the street is the Just Ten Gallery run by Clive Sawyer who has been a location photographer for a number of years having worked in over 55 countries for a number of travel related companies. His work includes cities, landscapes, abstract and black and white images.
The Roche Gallery at 93 High Street is a contemporary art gallery and portrait studio owned by Marina Kim and Tim Roche. They sell fine art paintings and prints, offer bespoke framing services and take portrait commissions.
The latest Gallery to come to Rye is Art & Soul at 29a High Street which is a boutique Gallery featuring a diverse selection of contemporary art from talented artists and makers, including work by resident artist Emma Miller.
If you like the idea of an art gallery trail, get the train to Hastings for the Jerwood Gallery, then on to Bexhill for the De La Warr and further on to Eastbourne for the Towner.