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.