“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D Roosevelt

The Freda Gardham School was de-commissioned in 2008 and Rye Creative Centre was launched in 2009 as a centre of creative excellence, providing a unique resource for the people of Rye by bringing together professional artists from across the spectrum to develop, design and make new work on a rotational, residential basis with a core of permanently housed companies and individuals. New Road Artists is a collective made up of a dynamic and exciting mix of artists from a range of backgrounds and traditions. The collective includes sculptors, painters, photographers, textile artists, illustrators, designers and makers: a combination of creative minds and talented hands.  Visiting and resident artists offer a range of workshops, master-classes, talks and demonstrations.

Rye Creative Centre continues to flourish alongside the ARRCC charity.  ARRCC provide a range of support, advice and training opportunities for physically and sensory impaired adults aged 18 + and have been running arts activities for their clients at the centre since 2010.  Find out more about ARRCC on their website.



Rye Creative Centre aims to:

  • be a facility striving for excellence
  • provide affordable studio space for local artists
  • bring together different sectors of the community
  • enhance the lives of local people
  • provide employment and training opportunities for local people
  • attract new audiences and visitors to the area
  • contribute to the financial growth of the area
  • provide an environment where artists can experiment, take risks and strive for excellence


Gemma Vliers is our Administrator.  She is in the office Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm. Contact her via email or call 01797 229 797

Paula MacArthur is our gallery Curator, contact her via email or call 01797 229 797

Shelley Gibbon is our Development & Arts Programme Manager, contact her via email

Caoimhe O’Gorman is our Arts Programme Assistant, contact her via email