“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, originally The School Creative Centre, was launched in 2009 by B&R Productions and developed as a centre of creative excellence, providing a unique studio resource within East Sussex for professional artists from across the visual and performance spectrum to develop, design and make new work alongside a programme of performances, events and workshops for the local and wider community.

In 2014 B&R Productions handed over the management of the building to the charity ARRCC.  The New Road Artists group was formed by a dynamic and exciting mix of artists from a range of backgrounds and traditions.  The studio holders’ 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 after the departure of ARRCC in April 2018 with new studio’s, classes in painting and printing, exhibitions in the gallery all continuing to ensure the community thrives.  In addition a new enterprise, “The Studio”, is a relaxed but professional space where artists with physical disabilities and/or learning differences can come and make art with Jenny Edbrooke.  Rye Creative Centre is an accessible building but please get in touch with us if you would like to arrange additional support to enable you to attend a workshop.


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
  • 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


General enquiries via email or call 01797 229 797