Art Trails in Rye

    Rye Art Gallery

    Rye has a thriving art scene which is reflected in the large number of art galleries in and around the town. In the past it has been home to many famous artists including Paul Nash, Edward Burra and John Piper. In recent years there has also been a growth in the number of creative shops focusing on art, interiors, antiques and contemporary furniture.

    The annual Rye Arts Festival includes many visual arts events and exhibitions. Cultural events and artists open studios run throughout the year.

    Rye is a perfect base for art lovers who may like to browse the mix of galleries and shops and then hop on the coastal train from Rye to visit the Hastings Contemporary, the De La Warr in Bexhill and The Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.

    Gallery Listings

    Bridgepoint Rye

    An international creative arts centre in the heart of Rye. A range of cultural events and exhibitions. Bridgepoint Rye

    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

    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

    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.

    Rye Creative Centre

    The Rye Creative Centre has ongoing events and exhibitions.  Sign up to the mailing list on their website for information on forthcoming events.

    Photographic Galleries

    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.

    Purdie Gallery

    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.

    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.

    A snapshot…….

    Rye Society of Artists has a gallery of work on their website (see Rye Society of Artists) and runs regular exhibitions.

    See Featured Artists for further information on local artists.

    La Rochelle, once home of artist Paul Nash. Watercolour by Martin Bradshaw.

    If we have missed your gallery and you’d like to be added, please get in touch.  Email




    Image Credits: Rye Art Gallery , John Cole , Tina Kaul , John Minter , Heidi Foster , Stephanie de la Warr .