Rye Creative Centre is home to 30 artists, designer-makers and creative companies, with studios or archives permanently on site. Our resident artists are known collectively as New Road Artists. Resident artists also receive access to a range of spaces and facilities suitable for holding workshops and classes (see our spaces page) and can choose to participate in our annual exhibitions and arts events programme. See below for a full list of our current residents. Studios are available for temporary and permanent hires, please contact us for further information and details of how you can join our waiting list.
Award winning artist Nicholas Archer shows with Long & Ryle Fine Art in London and with the Louise Alexander Gallery in Paris and Italy. He is currently a part-time painting lecturer at the Heatherly School of Art, Chelsea, and also runs regular life drawing classes at Rye Creative Centre.
Daryl Balcombe is predominantly a figurative painter. Recent work has been inspired by a collection of vintage photographs. From loose spontaneous water colours to distorted oils, with a limited palette.
Elizabeth graduated in fine art from Otago New Zealand, majoring in printmaking, and travelled to London in 1985 where she worked as an artist and illustrator. Clients included Penguin Books, Daily Telegraph and Broadgate. In 2000 she became a professional pilot. In 2009 Elizabeth made a return to fine art. She is a member of the East London Printmakers and associate member of the Society of Graphic Fine Artists.
Studied archaeological and museums conservation at The Institute of Archaeology at University College London. Undertakes and advises on major archaeological conservation projects around the world. Also conservation of museum objects, advising museums on the installation, mounting and protection of collections. Chris advises and helps artists with the creation, movement and installation of their work.
Sarah co-founded the textile design company Collier Campbell with her late sister Susan Collier. Now working under her own name, Sarah designs both for the High Street and bespoke customers as well as teaching, talking, making, collaborating, blogging….
Nat Dive is a practicing Art Psychotherapist with experience in a variety of settings. She has a First Class Fine Art degree from UCA Canterbury and a Masters Degree from Roehampton University. Nat works with mixed media and is concerned more with the process of creating than with the final product.
Jenny works in a diverse range of mediums. Her vivacious background in performance art continues to bleed into her current work, which conveys the same trademark humour and viscerality. Her current paintings explore astronomy, philosophy and a celebration of the female body, blending iridescent explosions of colour with dried flowers and car paint, on oak panels. These rare fusions of deep glossy astronomical landscapes adorned with botanical treasures are skilfully crafted to make the colours literally change in front of your eyes. Jenny is in her final year of a Masters in Fine Art at Brighton University.
BA Fine Art Painting 1997 Wimbledon School of Art. MA Fine Art Practice and Theory 2006 University of Brighton.
Paintings come from Jillian’s fascination with reflection, transparency and shadow.
Fine art photographer predominantly interested in landscape and abstracts from nature. Caroline uses her camera to express the beauty and tranquility that she finds in the natural world. Mood and colour are conveyed in unique and vibrant abstracted landscapes. Her favoured locations are the wild and remote landscapes of Scotland, Iceland and most recently a prolonged stay in South Island, New Zealand.
Based in east Sussex, painter Luke Hannam describes his work as ‘English handwriting with a Mediterranean heart’. The spirit of the Mediterranean can be clearly seen in Hannam’s oils and acrylics. Matisse and Picasso are major influences. Hannam once described how the act of painting a lemon becomes a meticulous exercise, painstakingly drawing the fruit over and over until it comes close to a depiction of pure feeling. Emotion is a key component in his work, an element that for the artist gives the paintings value and impact.
John Vanek 2015
Jonathan Hills is both an old fashioned landscape painter and a long term advocate of new technology in image making. He has directed many sequences for film and television, and for a while ran the Hi Tech Fund which aimed at giving young artists access to London’s CGI community. He is a founder member of 2joursla.com, which celebrates and shares artistic imagery, unexpected and un-retouched – objects and views that are only momentarily there
Angelika Howard’s work is colourful and vibrant and mainly abstract. As an art psychotherapist (retired), she is interested in the creative process and the healing properties of art making. She currently studies Fine Art – Contemporary Practice at South Coast College Hastings to broaden her horizons.
Paula MacArthur is an award winning painter who exhibits internationally. She works from objects which resonate with her personally creating painterly, often large scale works which she sees as contemporary memento mori. She works with wet on wet glazes, merging oily translucent layers with the brush and dropping colour onto the canvas allowing it to bleed and grow into the surface. Paula is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Kaleidoscope Gallery in Sevenoaks and a group exhibition at Collyer Bristow in London in 2018.
Studied painting at Chelsea College of Art. Specialised in Illustration and worked for most mainstream publishers in the UK and America. All areas of illustration, book covers, illustrated fiction, children’s books and humorous cartoons. Most noteworthy authors: Jackie Collins, James Herriot, Wilbur Smith. Occasionally commissioned to make figurative bronzes for various clients, including Dick Francis. Available to accept commissions of any kind.
‘I approach the subject of the City as a landscape painter giving the abstract qualities of paint and colour equal importance in my consideration. I aim to convey atmosphere and mood through the use of thin glazes of paint on a gesso ground. The paintings have a quality of time ‘slowed’ and the viewpoint is often high or distant to remove us from the hustle of the city.’
Loving the colour, texture and tactile experience of textiles, Sue uses different crafts to make both useful and decorative objects. She uses feltmaking, embroidery, beadwork, patchwork, quilting and appliqué in her work and strives for beauty and good craftsmanship. The studio has been a belated but very welcome opportunity for Sue to do what she has always wanted to do.
Stephanie’s early training is rooted in traditional sculpture, archaeological restoration and work within bronze foundries. This grounding, combined with the experience of theatre set construction and the fabrication of artefacts for theme parks, has led to a unique understanding of how stories are expressed through the context of scenery and the person.
Kathy studied fine Art at Brighton Art College and the Byam Shaw Art College in London from where she graduated in 1977. A traditional painter, water colours have always been her love with inspiration derived from nature, flowers, trees and landscapes. She also uses some of these floral images to decorate a range of wooden items ; where possible recycled. The studio has provided a wonderful haven to work in and is a complete joy.
Sarah has been at Rye Creative Centre since May 2014 and whilst choosing what to hang for Open Studios 2014, she noticed that a commonality between her work emerged. The process revealed to Sarah that through exploring the time honoured artistic themes of landscape and portraiture, her personal viewfinder shows an intimate focus; an illuminating discovery about her way of seeing.
Having completed her MA in Printed Textiles, Sally graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003.
She immediately set up her own print studio and worked as a Fashion and Textile Designer for a number of years. During a break from the Fashion Industry, Sally worked in the Antiques Trade but is now returning to her first love, Printed Textiles. She joined Rye Creative Centre in July 2015 as a resident artist, and is excited by the proposition of translating her artwork from ‘cloth to canvas’.
Collecting minerals directly from the land and using them to depict particular places and journeys is the bedrock of Beverley’s recent work. The place and materials take the lead. Her role is one of collaboration, encouraging inanimate stuff to express its unique character and, maybe, tell us something about where it is from.
Her art takes various forms – land art, drawings, prints, glass, installation – as she finds different ways to work with the geological materials to reveal their unique energy and history.
Photography has been Georgina Watson’s main creative outlet while bringing up her children, but in the studio she is able to transfer her emotions about her photos into paintings and prints through a variety of mediums. The two special places in her life, Southern Spain and camber sands, have a deep impact on her work. Her recent project explores the dunes and the beach of camber sands and the parallels of her favourite landscapes.
Simon is an accomplished weaver with a first class degree in Textile Design from the University of Derby. He has a passion for construction and a distinctive style, creating three-dimensional, ‘sculptural’ cloth artefacts. Simon also offers a variety of weaving workshops that can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group.
Andy Viner is based in Rye, and has spent most of his life on the South East coast. His work has been described as Naive, Expressive, Poetic, even Abstract. Although elements of these styles do exist in his paintings, he endeavours to remain a figurative painter. In his work he tries to convey a narrative, and finds the coastline and the people who live and work along it a constant inspiration. He relies on the numerous sketches and drawings that form his daily practice, later committing the ideas to canvas. Andy predominately paint in oils, but also uses acrylic and mixed media, including household emulsion and chalk paints.
Tara Culley began her career in horticulture, training at RHS Gardens Wisley for her diploma, achieving the award for best student and the Gardeners Guild Award for best newcomer. She went on to work for Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter where she enjoyed many years on the gardening team. Her planting designs have been featured in many magazines; most recently her own garden featured in Country Homes and Interiors.
She is now interested in exploring different media and is studying for a part time degree as a Designer Maker in Hastings. Her work is varied but is often influenced by her deep love of nature and natural forms.
Jean-Louis’ preferred media are oils, watercolour and charcoal. He places great emphasis on the sound draftsmanship essential to figurative painting.
Drawing from techniques developed during the Renaissance and employed by the old masters, he is now exploring their application. Being particularly inspired by artists such a Vermeer and JMW Turner, and having also studied film and photography, he sees the quality of natural light as a hugely important aspect in all of his work.
Jean-Louis is currently developing a series of paintings depicting life at sea in the offshore oil and gas industry, where he has spent several years working.