Exciting New Exhibition!
The Rye 100 Exhibition has been inspired by the intriguing history between our two towns, and by an inspirational woman - the late Jan Clutterbuck. One of the many exhibits she organised as Chair of the Women's International Art Club was an exchange show between Rye, NY and Rye, East Sussex in 1976. We are so excited to be following in Jan's footsteps and bringing together a collection of works from from both our beautiful towns once again - the Rye 100 Exhibition. In the spirit of inclusivity, we welcome entries from artists of all ages, abilities and nationalities, and in any medium we can use to produce the final collection. We only ask that your inspiration is 'Beautiful Rye'.
We will be open for submissions soon, so check back, and follow us on Facebook, twitter or Instagram to keep up to date, or sign up to our Creative Society to be first in the know!
Art & Soul at The Hope Anchor
We are delighted to announce we will be be launching our second venue together with The Hope Anchor on 17th May. The Hope Anchor is situated on Watchbell Street in the heart of Rye, and will be featuring Afternoon Teas alongside refreshing Gin Cocktails and a selection of the UK’s finest Craft Beers with a cute and quirky vintage feel. It is a cosy and friendly venue packed to the ancient rafters with beautiful and varied creations from local artists, which is all available to buy starting at a very affordable £15. We delighted guests at our Preview event with tasty treats, cocktails served prohibition-style in china teapots and a gorgeous array of local art. Please enquire with Emma Miller at Art & Soul regarding Artwork or Sandy Highfield at The Hope Anchor for hotel bookings. We will also be offering art classes and other workshops in the near future, please sign up to our newsletter for first refusal!
You can view and buy from the Tea Rooms here: https://www.artandsoulgallery.co.uk/hope
You can can contact the hotel directly for bookings here
New Art & Soul Collaboration
We are delighted to announce we will be be launching our second venue together with The Hope Anchor on 25th May. You can read a little more about the project here
About The Hope Anchor
Dating back to the 17th Century and situated on one of the delightful cobbled streets in the heart of the citadel, The Hope Anchor is famous for it’s stunning views over the beautiful medieval town and the River. The hotel has a rich and intriguing history. Once surrounded on three sides by the sea, Rye’s maritime heritage dates back to Norman times. To defend it against frequent attacks from the French, Rye became an ‘ancient town’ of the powerful Cinque Ports Confederation and soon became a smugglers paradise. The Hope Anchor was a favourite haunt of the infamous Tenterden Gang who took shelter after out gunning their rivals. The beautiful beam in the Tea Room was even salvaged from a real ship which was sunk in Rye Harbour. The Hope Anchor also features as ‘The Traders Arms’ in the popular Mapp & Lucia novels written by E.F Benson, who lived and wrote at Lamb House, and also stars in Malcolm Saville’s childrens stories as ‘The Gay Dolphin’. It is one of the smallest hotels in Rye, and a traditional family-run establishment which prides itself on a warm and friendly welcome.
We so loved how beautiful Rye looked in the snow, but boy we're glad the sunshine has returned!
Yes there's rumours of a cold snap at Easter, but we're feeling positive, with the golden sunshine slicing down the high street and the lovely old leaded windows twinkling we can't help feeling inspired, and Rye artists are a hardy bunch! Just ask Tom Marsh, Plein Air painter with no regard for the temperature he has painted some beautiful snowy scenes, but was able to capture the beautiful blues of the boats in Rye Harbour this week. What beauty! You can see more of Tom's work here, or if you're feeling the Easter mood, take a little hop around the website and find our little bunnies. Spot all five and send us a message with the artist page you found them on (There's a clue there!) and you could win a beautiful arty Easter egg, as well as free delivery on your first order! So what are you waiting for? Hop to it! :D
This Month we are delighted to add a number of artist's to the fold, with a stunning array of gifts and jewellery from artisan makers now gracing the shelves and some wonderfully talented artists joining the Art & Soul family. We welcome Gail Britt, an elegant and expressive painter who captures emotions with careful use of mixed media on canvas to produce wonderful free and exciting pieces which prove a rich source of inspiration. We are also delighted to show an incredibly accomplished illustrator, Joyce Hargreaves. Joyce's work is borne of a lifetime immersed in study of folklore an mythology, each of her delicate and detailed figures suggesting the beginnings of a magical story. We are also delighted to have some rare pieces by the late Jan Clutterbuck. Jan was the first to reach out to Rye New York to establish a connection between the creative communities. A transatlantic connection was forged some 40 years ago, and we are thrilled to be following in Jan's footsteps as with the help of a Rye Good Time's Arabella Ansar, we reconnect with our family across the globe. Watch this space!
With the season of love upon us, we are absolutely delighted to have a wonderful array of unique handcrafted jewellery here with us at Art & Soul Gallery. Just in time for the standard Valentines Day declarations, our offerings are anything but, with each unique piece lovingly made by local artisans. With a number of beautiful creations by local artists Joy Davenport, Wendy Dudeney and Jo Morphy encompassing many different styles, there’s something for everyone to fall in love with.
Art and Soul is a passion project. As a hard-working creative with many years experience I know how frightening it can be to take the leap and show your work, and how daunting it is to turn your talent into a sustainable career. That's why my goal is to create a space for rising artists and photographers to exhibit in a busy, friendly environment, and enjoy having their projects showcased both in the gallery and online.
We are looking for inspiring and original imagery to grace our Guest Spotlight.
Our first guest Artist or Photographer will be offered the exhibition space free for one month, a generous product package from our partners at The Print Foundry, unlimited time as a Guest Artist on our web shop, the option to host a special evening soiree in the gallery and a feature page in our quarterly magazine.
To apply simply submit an image or collection which reflects the soul of your work with a brief description. Submissions may include watercolours, oils, acrylics, sketches, illustration, photography, hand made prints and digital artwork.
Enter by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter by post 29A High Street, Rye, TN31 7JG
Or pop into the Gallery and introduce yourself, I'd love to meet you! :)
Join us on our opening night for drinks and music in our lovely new gallery at 29a High Street in Rye. Meet the artists and bring your invite to have a drink, on us! Leave us a nice message & we'll share it on our opening night. Just leave a comment, or pop name & your email on the contact form or get in touch here any time. Artist submissions welcome, see our fantastic competition for up-and-coming artists.
We'll be adding more details as we go so don't forget to sign up for our newsletter. Directions to The Gallery can be found here. We look forward to seeing you! :)
Much love, Emma
Another nice visit to Phillips & Stubbs this morning, who couldn't have been lovelier with helping us make arrangements to find the right space for our Gallery. Edward and the whole lovely team have been absolute stars. With happy hearts and keys in hand we popped along to say hello to Jason at Ethel Loves Me and then introduced ourselves to Wendy and Simon at Simon Milne Jewellery which was a really lovely start to our day. Thanks to everybody for being so supportive, we'll let you know how things are going online, but why not take a peek in the window over the coming weeks, and if I'm there come and say hello, it would be lovely to meet you! :)
I thoroughly enjoyed the Private Viewing of ‘Planet on Fire’, an exhibition of work by Tamsin Reilly and Henry Hussey, curated by Jo Baring, at TM Lighting.
TM Lighting support artists through hosting annual exhibitions and providing complimentary exhibition space. All artworks shown in the exhibition are for sale and TM Lighting do not take any commission. TM Lighting’s clients include the most prestigious art collectors and institutions in the world. Recent commissions include Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 exhibition at The National Gallery for the Conrad Shawcross installation, several collections for James Kirkman, former art dealer to Lucian Freud and Weston Park House, among others.
Dates of exhibition: 28th September – 15th December 2017
Opening hours: Weekdays during office open hours, by prior appointment only.
Venue: TM Lighting, Unit 10, 21 Wren Street, London, WC1X 0HF