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Saturday 17 September 2pm – 4pm
The Gallery, Rye Creative Centre

To compliment the exhibition ‘We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have’, artists Alice Anderson, Phil Illingworth and Evy Jokhova will be in the gallery discussing their work.

This exhibition takes inspiration from The Europeans, a novel by Rye author Henry James on the 100th anniversary of his death. The exhibition is a contemporary reflection on James’ tale of the relationship between ex-pats who cling onto the traditions and etiquette of their homeland much more fiercely than their less restrained cousins who stayed put.

Each of the exhibiting artists explore ideas of boundaries, restraint and liberation and communicate their own personal responses using their own, unique visual languages. All three artists have lived and worked in both the UK and around mainland Europe and together their works resonate with the continuing debate around migration in the wake of the recent EU Referendum.


For All Time Theatre Rye Arts FestivalFor All Time

Monday 19 September, doors open 6.30pm
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £15
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

Imagine it is 1613. William Shakespeare & John Fletcher meet in a room above a Southwark pub. After a successful London run, Rye Arts Festival brings For All Time to Fletcher’s birthplace.  Written by Rick Thomas, For All Time asks questions about Shakespeare’s life, Fletcher’s domestic arrangements and which is the best pub in London.

 Tickets available from Rye Arts Festival.

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Friday 23 September 5.30pm – 8pm
Saturday 24 September 11am – 5pm

Rye Creative Centre opens its doors and invites you for a rare look inside the studios. You can meet the New Road Artists, view their work and purchase direct from a wonderfully diverse selection of unique art and craft. There will also be an exhibition in the gallery and a café selling light lunches, snacks and drinks on Saturday.

Nick Archer – Daryl Balcombe – Elizabeth Barton – Nat Dive – Jenny Edbrooke – Jillian Eldridge – Caroline Fraser – Luke Hannam – Jonathan Hills – Christine Hopwood – Angelika Howard – Paula MacArthur – Rob McCaig – Carol MacDonald – Jenny Pockley – Susan Prince – Helen Rawlinson – Steph Rubin – Kathy Russell – Sarah Seymour – Sally Shaw – Beverly Thornley – Georgie Watson – Simon Young

Paintings – Prints – Drawings – Sculpture – Installation – Textiles – Photography


CUBA. Havana. Hanoi Studio. 2001.

CUBA. Havana. Hanoi Studio. 2001

MARTIN PARR: A Chronicler of Our Age

Thursday 30 September, 6.30pm
Doors: 5.30pm
Rye Creative Centre

Tickets: £12
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

In partnership with Rye Arts Festival we are very please to welcome Magnum photographer Martin Parr to Rye Creative Centre.

In the face of the constantly growing flood of images released by the media, Martin Parr’s photographs offer us the opportunity to see the world from his unique perspective.

At first glance, his photographs seem exaggerated or even grotesque. The motifs he chooses are strange, the colours are garish and the perspectives are unusual. Parr’s term for the overwhelming power of published images is “propaganda”.  He counters this propaganda with his own chosen weapons: criticism, seduction and humour.  As a result, his photographs are original and entertaining, accessible and understandable. But at the same time they show us in a penetrating way how we live, how we present ourselves to others and what we value.

In this rare visit to Rye, Martin will deliver a talk giving ticket holders an insight into his process, his inspiration and his experiences as a chronicler of our age.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Tickets are available from Rye Arts Festival

For more information please call 01797 229797 or email .


Don Pasquale Theatre Rye Arts FestivalDon Pasquale – Opera

Saturday 1 October, doors open 6pm
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £15
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

A comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti. Alisdair Kitchen directs a cast of acclaimed young singers, drawn from the National Opera Studio, Benjamin Britten International Opera School and the Royal College of Music.

Tickets available from Rye Arts Festival.


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Saturday 22 October
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £7.50, concessions for carers
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Refreshments available 

Rye & District Dementia Action Alliance presents Sunset Serenade, a fundraising concert in aid of supporting the continuation of RDDAA’s work raising Dementia Awareness within Rye and surrounding areas. Featuring music from The Rye Ukulele Band and the Sunset Singers.

For tickets and more information please contact 07737350896



A MEETING OF MINDS – Martin wimbush

Sunday 30 October, 5pm start
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £10
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

After a sold out performance as part of the Rye Arts Festival Martin Wimbush brings ‘A Meeting of Minds’ to Rye Creative Centre in aid of ARRCC for a special performance.

A celebration of the life and works of two of our greatest poets, John Betjeman and Philip Larkin, with essays by Alan Bennett.  Performed by Martin Wimbush in a unique way, recreating the great poems as though he were performing a play, presenting them as a soliloquy directly to the audience, with profound and witty quotes from Alan Bennett.

Tickets available from Rye Creative Centre 01797 229797 / 07939390036


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Thursday 10 November, 7.30pm
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £12 (half price for ARRCC members)
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue, Cash Bar

“Join my band and some wonderful vocalists at Rye Creative Centre as we celebrate some of the most influential female voices of all time! From Ella Fitzgerald to Carole King. With Popular standards from the Burt Bacharach songbook, Memories from Motown and Jazz classics like ‘Summertime’, ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’ and ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ there really is something for everyone.

As always we’ll be delving into a little bit of background exploring the historic events, advances in recording technology, changes in fashion and popular culture which helped shape the music we will be playing in tribute to these ladies as we ponder the question ‘Why do we love these voices so?’. Everyone will have their own reasons to share, so come along, share them and enjoy a toe-tapping evening!” Sam Williams

For more information and tickets contact Sam Williams 07799771961 / 01797 229797