Past Exhibitions



Visual artist Sharon Haward will be exhibiting a range of assemblages and objects inspired by Modernist architecture and the contributions made to it by female and male architects and designers. The work on show has been created during a short residency at Rye Centre, Rye. The exhibition, Fold, runs from Saturday 12 May to 2 June and will be open Wednesday-Saturday 10.00-2pm. Fold is the outcome of a number of residencies and visits to Modernist villas in Europe including Villa Stenersen in Oslo, The Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht, Sonneveld House in Rotterdam and her many years experience delivering gallery education at the De La Warr Pavilion. Haward explores the tensions between the rational, heroic and transparent architecture sought by male Modernist architects and the role they often assigned to women as mere decorators of male structures. Velvet and silk are used alongside rigid wooden structures to test and play with these assumptions in an attempt to disrupt such associations.

On Saturday 26 May there will be two activities which will enable the public to get involved in working site specifically.
From 10.00-1.00 there will be a 3 hour workshop where the building and its environs will be used as a sensory stimulus for mapping, drawing and text based activities which will be compiled into an artists book.
At 2pm Haward will chair a panel discussion with independent curator Christine Gist and artists Nicole Zaaroura and Louise Kenwood exploring the process of researching and creating site-specific work and on curating projects with British and European partners at a
range of non-gallery venues, sites and locations in the UK and abroad. Sharon Haward is based in Hastings and has thirty years experience of developing a multidisciplinary practice hinging on the exploration of site and sense of place. Installations involve the insertion of objects, texts, images and/or moving image into a environment already rich with meaning, creating interventions that build new layers of meaning into the existing site.

Haward has worked with artists and curators from UK and Europe to produce installations and assemblages in abandoned and empty buildings as well as public spaces. Recent projects include month long residencies at Chateau de Sacy,(2017) France and Atelier Austmarka, Norway(2015) Commissions include Alternate Legacies (2016) with a French artist Léonie Young at The Bridge Hastings; Site specific outdoor installation at The Space St Leonards, Peek (2016) The Mirrored Edge (2014) video works by 15 artists. Watchtower (2008) at Romney March Visitor Centre; Interface (2011) Belgium. In 2016 Haward made a location specific piece at Art-Gene in Barrow-in-Furnace. Funded projects include Space Interrupted 2014-2015 with curator Clare Sheppeard at the electricity substation in Margate and a victorian fort in Gosport. Partners have included Limbo Arts, English Heritage, KCC, and Aspex. These interruptions evolved from a long term research project initiated at Curious Project Space, Eastbourne, and Making Space at Fabrica, Brighton. Collaborative Installation projects include Facade (2010) in St.Leonards and Dover, HBC and DDC; Ghost Town (2007) at the Bridge Community Centre, Halton History Group, Amicus Housing and HBC and Four Corners (2005)which was a three year site specific project at Farley Bank. Between 2012 and 2014 Haward developed a temporary experimental exhibition space and ran film installations and exhibitions in partnership with Coastal Currents + PhotoHastings. Haward has made contributions to publications Playland, Figure Ground Public Art Road Trip Book and What They Didn’t Teach you in Art School

Just feel it

Paintings by Jillian Eldridge & Veronique Maria

Preview: 24th March,  2-5pm
Everyone welcome

Exhibition continues: 10am-2pm, Wednesday – Saturday & by appointment until 14 April
Jillian Eldridge teaches a weekly painting class in the art room at Rye Creative Centre, please click here for more details.

Image left: Veronique Maria, Gratitude Mandala 12, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 100 cm, 2017
Image right: Jillian Eldridge, Illuminated, oil on canvas, 120 x 80 cm, 2018

‘Just feel it’ is and exhibition of two painters whose work contrasts yet has an underlying connection. Veronique Maria’s mandala paintings are contemplative & absorbing in their circular beauty, Jillian Eldridge’s new paintings jangle with a different energy & intense colour. Both of these painters invite you to ‘just feel’ the effect of their images & to absorb the different sensations they create.

Jillian’s paintings are a new departure after focussing on her series of grid paintings for several years. These new paintings fly free from the stricture of the straight line & delve with relish into the anarchy of wild shape & colour. They come from drawings made in the moment when there is time for quiet thought. They are a departure from knowing exactly what will happen, into knowing that anything can happen, at any time.

Veronique’s art practice explores many genres. Since 1970’s she’s worked with ceramics, wood, sculpture, film, live-art, performance for camera & monumental earth work. Her ‘Gratitude Mandalas’ which are painted mostly in acrylic paint whilst standing at an easel with a tiny brush, arose out of her need to create despite physical limitations due to spinal injuries.
Painting in this way is a very new process for Veronique as she generally used to use her whole body and specifically her hands to draw and paint.  Veronique’s main areas of interest continue to be love, intimacy and relationship.


Many thanks to Rother Arts Development & Rother District council for helping fund this exhibition.

winter salon exhibition – 24 November – 9 December 2017


Following an overwhelmingly huge response to our Winter Salon Exhibition Open Call we are excited to present no less than 91 artists and over 100  artworks at our forthcoming Rye Winter Salon Exhibition.

Preview: 2-5pm Friday 24 November
Come and meet the artists, find out who is announced as the winner of a solo show in our gallery in 2018 and join us for celebratory refreshments!
Extended opening times: Saturday 25 November 10am-4pm & Sunday 26 November 10am-4pm to coincide with our annual makers’ & designers’ fair ‘Feast of Delights’
Opening times: Friday 24 November 2-5pm, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 10am-4pm, then until 9 December Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 2pm and by appointment.

Directions: Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

We are delighted to welcome artists from the local area, across the country and as far afield as Ireland, Germany and Italy to Rye Creative Centre for our first Rye Winter Salon exhibition. All works have been selected from over 300 submissions by guest judge Victoria Howarth (Exhibitions Curator, Jerwood Gallery) and our curator at Rye Creative Centre, Paula MacArthur.

Sara Dare was selected as winner from a shortlist of fifteen artists will be awarded a solo exhibition in our gallery in 2018.

Susan Absolon, Judith Alder, Sophie Ansar, Oona Ball, Drew Burrett, Sinèid Codd, Sara Dare, Gareth Kemp, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Neil Metzner, Kate Murdoch, Patrick O’Donnell, Eleonora Roaro, Janet Sainsbury, Alice Walter

Full list of exhibitors:

Susan Absolon, Nic Acaster, Karolina Albricht, Judith Alder, Julia Andrews-Clifford, Sophie Ansar, Duane Bahia Benatti, Oona Ball, Tom Banks, Pippa Barrow,
Mark Beldan, Helen Bermingham, Jill Bourner, Day Bowman, Penelope Boylan, Drew Burrett, Gemma Buxton, Rebecca Byrne, Sarah Carpenter, Helen Cass,
Marc Christmas, Robin Clark, Sineid Codd, Rachel Cohen, Lucy Crowley, Clare Dales, Sara Dare, Jean Davey-Winter, Davies, Monaghan & Klein, Denzil Dean, Liz Doyle, Patrick Edgeley, Gary Edwards, Liz Elton, Stephen Emmerson, Dave Farnham, Robert Fitzmaurice, Carole Flanders, Caroline Fraser, Alison Goodyear, Sonia Griffin, Sharon Haward, Maggie Henton, Richard Heys, Deborah Humm, Jill Illiffe, Lynsey James, Amanda Jobson, Daniel John, Peter Jones, Gareth Kemp,Jane King, Tom Kofoed, Hannah Kynoch, Iris Legendre, Judy Logan, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Ascension Lorente Huguet, Karen Marks, Kate Matthews, Anthony McAndrew, Neil Metzner, Laura Moreton-Griffiths, Kate Murdoch, Sarah Nelson, Patrick O’Donnell, Laura Obon, Jon Pountain, Nessie Ramm, Agata Read, Leonie Richardson, Eleonora Roaro, Andrea Robinson, Robinson & McMahon, Jim Roseveare, Brian Rybolt, Janet Sainsbury, Wendy Saunders, Jilliene Sellner, Paul Smith, Angela C Smith, John Stewart, Matthew Swift, Nick Sykes, Andy Thornley, Beverley Thornley, Cat Vitebsky, Alice Walter, Alexandra Wilmott, Tom Wilmott, Jackson Woodcock

Image credit: Caroline Fraser Photography, Beaver Lake 2017