Current Exhibition

The crucifixion and other popular stories

Opens Saturday 22 April, 2 – 5pm
Refreshments provided, free parking, everyone welcome


The crucifixion and other popular stories is a two person show featuring new work by two East Sussex painters, Luke Hannam and Paco de Quesada.

The exhibition title was conceived by Luke and Paco over coffee at the De La Warr Pavilion last year. It represents a shared fascination with story telling within picture making and a desire to explore the role that myth and archetype have played historically in conveying the human condition.

In this sense, the aim for the show is to attempt to re-contextualise so-called ‘untouchable’ religious themes in order to reposition them as distinctly human stories to be read and interpreted as such. The idea is in no way to denigrate such powerful symbols, but to reignite them as potent symbolic narratives for a contemporary audience, as pictures of despair and also of love and hope.

Luke Hannam relocated from London to Rye in 2010 with the sole aim of developing his painting practice alongside his musical career as the bass player in cult, punk funk band GRAMME. Hannam cites his influences as lying equally between The Fall, James White & the Contortions and Picasso. For Hannam, art making is an attitude and cannot be contained by mediums.

Luke graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1987 and attributes this experience as fundamental in the development of his life-long obsession with drawing. Hannam produces over 100 drawings a week. Religious imagery and fairy stories such as Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks are recurring themes, alongside many drawings of the East Sussex countryside, which he makes whilst walking his poodle Darwin.  For Hannam, the everyday experience sits next to the profound and must be investigated with equal importance.

Paco de Quesada is a Spanish artist living and working in Bexhill. Since completing his BA Fine Art at the Universidad de Sevilla in 1998, he has exhibited in group and solo shows across Spain, UK and Germany.

For Paco de Quesada art must be a personal challenge; must take you out of your comfort zone, to the edge, where fear lives. His large-scale, graphic paintings are influenced by his work as a graphic designer and reflect his interest in the immediacy and simplicity of commercial art. Graffiti and outsider art also resonate, particularly the street art of his native Seville.

For this exhibition Paco brings religious iconography face-to-face with contemporary culture with all its flashy imagery and infinite clichés, acting as a mirror held up to our lives, our society, and our very human nature.


25 March – 1 April















ECHOES opens Saturday 25 March, 2 – 5pm
Come along to view our new exhibition and meet the artists.
Refreshments, free entry, free parking, everyone welcome.

Exhibition continues until 1 April
Open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 4pm and by appointment

Echoes brings together work by one of Rye Creative Centre’s resident artists; Helen Rawlinson and invited artist, Yvette Glaze.
Helen captures a moment of reverie with echoes of emotion and memory in her paintings.
Yvette uses print and ceramics with layers of decorative texture to capture the echoes of emotional history trapped in objects.
Find out more about the artists here;
Yvette Glaze
Helen Rawlinson

Rye Creative Centre
New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS
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Bea Haines & Beverley Thornley

Opens Saturday 4 March 2 – 6pm

An exhibition which brings together work by one of our resident artists, Beverley Thornley, and invited artist Bea Haines. Both explore the use of everyday matter; Bea to gain insights into human desire, fear and mortality, Beverley to convey a sense of land and place.

For ‘Ground Matter’, Beverley is exhibiting a variety of work using pigments from chalkpits in north Kent, beaches on the Atlantic coast of France and journeys in Australia and New Zealand. Bea is exhibiting a series of animal ash prints, created on the electronic muller in Colart’s Innovation and Development Lab, which create a diverse array of marks reminiscent of fingerprints or brain scans.

Find out more about the artists here;
Bea Haines
Beverley Thornley