Ethel Loves Me is a cool and quirky concept store on East Street, set just off Rye High Street presenting a range of unique inspirations and original pieces, limited editions and collectables. The team behind Ethel work with local makers, artists, artisans and craftspeople to offer an ever-changing collection plus regular inspiring exhibitions. Specialities are arts, craft, curios, lifestyle, upcycled, salvage, vintage and fun fashion, presented in a unique and upbeat environment with special guest tastemakers and curators helping shape the store. Part art gallery, part lifestyle and gift shop, part experimental space, there is also a real heart for the community in providing a platform for both up-and-coming and established creatives with an ever-evolving space in which they can show and sell their work. Ethel also has an ethical approach. No-leather and cruelty free policies come as standard, and the focus is on the up-cycled, the natural and a buy/shop-local ethos. You can also find out about their charities, events and collections online with the option to buy direct on their website – but remember, with Ethel you have to act fast - because when it’s gone, it’s gone!
P.S Ethel have been nominated to win Muddy Stilettos best Interiors Store 2018 - vote for them here!
An art gallery and tea room specialising in local artists and local food, the Advocet Gallery is on the edge of the Rye Harbour nature reserve. They have an excellent range of original prints, photographs, textiles, ceramics and 3D pieces often on wildlife / landscape themes, along with a great range of local foods. Renown for their friendliness and lovely atmosphere, they also bake all their own own cakes and scones and serve award-winning Sussex cheeses, locally-sourced smoked mackerel and wonderful fruit juice from orchards nearby. Also fantastic spot for walking and birding, with a long shingle beach and masses of pools and hides, the gallery is a wonderful destination for nature lovers. You can now also view their collection and purchase directly on their website.
A natural yarn studio and candle gallery communicating the essence of creativity through colour, light and warmth, Plaristo is a unique family business. It is full of surprises for those in search of something decorative and unusual. Beautiful glowing glasses and porcelain dome-lights are a speciality. Weavers, Dyers, Knitters, Crocheters or Felters find inspiration amongst the unusual yarns and products.
Unique, honest art for sale at the Art gallery, Mermaid street Rye. Free tea and coffee, free to browse, free to express an opinion. Formerly Rye Boys club, the art gallery is part of a programme to start community events.
Home to an inspiring display of contemporary art and craft and a fine Permanent Collection as well as a variety of supporting events, the gallery has a slightly quirky layout, because it has been combined from two domestic houses in different streets. Artists Howard and Mary Stormont lived in in the Ypres Studio on Ockmans Lane where Mary created the Rye Art Gallery Trust in 1957. She bequeathed the studio to the Trust at her death in 1962. Their friend, painter Eileen Easton, one of the original trustees, later bequeathed her High Street house to the Trust as well. The artists two homes now make one premises, which is light, fresh and modern inside.
Well worth a visit for the sheer volume of art and beautifully curated collections, Rye Art is also home to some treasured works by artists of national and international importance as well as regional favourites, which are usually shown in their top floor studios, Galleries five and six. With a strong team and support from the Arts Council and Rother District Council, Rye Art maintains a very high standard in their collections and houses many valuable pieces.
Rye Art also features some of the artists whose work is currently on show on their website, usually supported by the Artist's Statement on their vision and how they work. See the 'Exhibitions and Events' page for their mixed and named shows as well.
Rye Creative Centre runs an exciting and eclectic exhibition programme featuring contemporary artists and makers. Through a mix of group and solo shows, their energetic and visionary gallery curator Paula MacArthur has compiled a program that aims to showcase resident artists alongside local , national and international artists. They do close during exhibition change over weeks, so please check their website, email or phone ahead and check dates to avoid disappointment.
Open Weds-Sat 11am-3pm
A contemporary art gallery mostly exhibiting work by Marina Kim – one of the founders. Marina is a painter and printmaker specialising in portraiture. Born in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Uzbekistan when the Soviet empire was at it’s height, she comes from a culturally, politically and ethnically mixed background. Marina spent her formative years during this period of great change and she says, it made her realise her adaptability and gave her trust in her creative power. Now Marina is a successful gallery proprietor and portrait painter and her artworks are held in many private collections around the world.
Several times a year they have special events with invited artists. ROCHE gallery opens Thursday – Monday, 10-5.30pm although they are often out on meetings, so please Please make an appointment prior to your visit to avoid disappointment. You can contact the Roche Gallery through their website.
The Purdie Gallery is a completely unique gallery showcasing the contemporary landscape photography of David Purdie. Selling a range of original handmade, limited edition and signed canvases, as well as posters and greeting cards featuring his work, David also holds one day workshops once a month, where photographers can join him for the day. Well worth a visit for his truly stunning landscapes, colourful renderings of the local area and impressive large format photographic wall art. You can also browse online and book courses through David's website.