Rye Creative Centre is home to 37 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.
“With their strange layerings of unexpected filmic and art historical references, (dark side of Walt Disney meets northern landscape), Nick Archer’s paintings have always seemed among the more genuinely complex and cultured explorations of the possibilities of landscape painting in an increasingly urbanised and disinherited culture: the more we are removed from it the deeper into our psyche it goes. These powerful new works seem to darken the picture further – David Lynch and ‘Blade Runner’ meet Altdorfer Bosch and Uccello among others, the layering involved in his paint process underlining the veils of estrangement between us and a lost Edenic world. Thus, in his images of children gazing at apparently deserted houses, we sense the loss as a profoundly metaphysical one.”
– Nicholas Usherwood 2017, Galleries Magazine – review of ‘The Journey’ exhibition
Nick Archer trained at the Royal Academy Schools in London (1996-1999), he won several awards, including 1st at the ‘Hunting Art Prize’ in 2001. Having exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe since 1999, including solo exhibitions with Louise Alexander Gallery (Porto Cervo, Italy), Sarah Myerscough Fine Art (London), Long and Ryle (London), Galerie Hug (Paris) and Gowen Contemporary (Geneva) in 2014 and 2017. He recently had a solo booth presentation of his work at ‘Untitled’ art fair in San Francisco with New York gallery Christine Park gallery. He will be having his first solo show with Christine Park gallery in New York in the Autumn of 2019.
Nick is represented in London by Long and Ryle, in New York by Christine Park gallery and in Geneva by Gowen Contempoary.
Nick runs life drawing, printmaking, and painting classes at Rye Creative Centre.
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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 is a qualified Art Psychotherapist who has worked in a variety of settings. Nat works primarily from an Attachment perspective. She helps the client to explore their early relationships and how these may have impacted on their relationship to themselves, others and the world around them. In turn, this helps the client to better understand themselves.
Nat’s studio is also her consulting room. Clients with a range of emotional or relational difficulties can come and express their feelings using art materials. Art is a powerful means of expressing emotions and can communicate feelings that language sometimes cannot. Equally they can talk through their concerns and feelings.
Linking in with her psychotherapy practice, Nat’s own artwork is concerned more with the process of creating. Her work is based on subjects to which she has a personal connection or her emotional response to events or people in the world around her.
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.
Making with wood, metal and electricity.
Jenny holds a Masters in Fine Art from Brighton University and 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. She runs ‘The Studio’ a professional studio space for artists with disabilities where artists are supported to create any masterpiece that they desire.
BA Wimbledon School of Art
MA Brighton University
I have had exhibitions of paintings in London, Wimbledon, East Grinstead, Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and Rye and have paintings in private collections around the UK, and also Stockholm, Valencia and San Francisco.
I paint in oil mainly, though enjoy watercolour too. I run a Painting and Drawing class on Wednesday afternoons here at the Creative Centre, where I enjoy teaching most mediums in a class with people who are experienced in painting alongside those just beginning.
I am constantly attracted to line and space and although my work has gone through various phases, the constant is working with line and the space that line creates which for me is endlessly fascinating.
Jean-Louis Vincent Farmer
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.
Fine art photography and book art using landscapes and abstracts from her travels. Caroline uses her camera to express the beauty and tranquillity that she finds in the natural world, preferring to record intimate details of place. Recent locations include the wild and remote landscapes of Scotland, New Zealand and Greenland. She tells personal stories by combining words and images in hand crafted books, and writes a regular blog ‘An ordinary Life’ about life and photography. She is happy to discuss one to one tutorials on location in Camber Sands and Dungeness.
Luke Hannam is painter and a recording artist. He is originally from Derbyshire but now lives in Brede East Sussex. He studied at Canterbury college of art in the early 1980’s, working closely with Dennis Creffield – a luminary of David Bromberg, and Mali Morris RA – he claims it was Mali who first switched him onto colour and the viscerality of paint, and later as an assistant for Tom Watt the Scottish impressionist painter. Hannam is deeply immersed in the British painting school associated with and the Cornish scene led by Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron, but uses this as an entry point into a life long love of Picasso and Matisse.
Hannam is passionate about drawing and uses this as a direct route into painting. His direct and forceful style to his large canvases represents his determination to bring painting to life – to make it explode and resist painting becoming simply an aesthetic retreat into niceness.
Hannam is also a founding member of the hugely influential disco punk ensemble Gramme who celebrate over 20 years of making music next year. Hannam is an opinionated and agitated individual but passionate about picture making and ambitious, not simply in terms of career building but for painting itself.
Nicola grew up in East Sussex, moving to London in 1985 to study ceramics at Middlesex. She set up a shared studio in a railway arch in Bow with the help of a Crafts Council grant and continued to work in clay for about ten years.
For the last twenty years she has been working on an Interiors photo archive, www.narratives.co.uk, that she started with her sister. Digitisation enabled a move to Rye in 2010.
Nicola began life drawing in Nick Archer’s class and more recently painting, inspired by her surroundings.
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.
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, trained at the Royal Academy Schools, who exhibits nationally and internationally and has work in several permanent collections including the National Portrait Gallery, London and Jiangsu Art Museum, China.
She works from objects which resonate with her life & ideas to create painterly, often large scale works which she sees as contemporary memento mori. Using wet on wet glazes, merging oily translucent layers with the brush and dropping colour onto the canvas she allows it to bleed and grow into the surface.
In 2018 Paula had a solo exhibition at Kaleidoscope Gallery and Museum in Sevenoaks and was part of ‘In the future’ at Collyer Bristow Gallery in London. In January 2018 she was artist in residence at Winsor & Newton’s Griffin Gallery London and two of the residency paintings will be on show in Swansea at the Beep Painting Prize.
Tara Macdonald 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.
Louise has a BA in Textiles from Farnham and an MA in Drawing from Camberwell. She was formerly artist in residence for the National Trust at Sissinghurst Castle.
In her recent work she has been exploring painting and drawing, rather than continuing her paper cutting. She is immersed in the directness of drawing again. Louise has received Arts Council funding in 2019 to develop new work around the concept of rewilding, which is the large-scale restoration of ecosystems, where nature can take care of itself and broken landscapes and systems can repair.
‘My paintings whether clouds, waves or Alpine appear to be suspended in time. They are still, beautiful; imagery created by the fall of light. Brush marks or evidence of the artist’s activities are absent; the surface is smooth and softened to enhance the mystery in these works. The paintings cultivate the viewer’s emotions and assimilate memories and yet are representative of all times. They verge on the abstract as the viewer becomes absorbed by the subtle play of colours reminiscent of Rothko. For me, the process of how I make the work is vital and says something about the content of the work. The paint quality is made up of thin veils of colour which are washed onto an ultra-smooth gesso surface; the tonal variations built up and softened using the ‘wet into wet’ process. The materials and surfaces used are key to the work and add to its delicate timelessness and so ultimately as time is spent looking at these paintings, they appear to hover and envelop the viewer.’
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.
Helen graduated from Ravensbourne College of Art were she studied textile/fashion, specialising in screen print. She then worked in the design industry and later education.
Currently she works in oils using her textile influences with layers of colour, print and even stitch moving between figurative and abstract always exploring the surface of the work. Print still plays a part now making collagraph plates with stitch adding subtle colour in monoprint.
Helen has shown work in local galleries and in the 2017 The Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition.
Stephanie Rubin lives in Rye, East Sussex. She originally trained as a figurative sculptor and over the last 26 years has used her traditional skills, working as a commercial sculptor and workshop leader.
Steph’s current project is responding to the domestic creatures in the farming countryside that surround her. Working directly in clay on top of found skulls she has found a rapid way to work, keeping the freedom that drawing brings her. Steph’s series of oversized animal heads have the intention of making the viewer slightly dwarfed and intimidated by the sheer scale of the pieces.
Stephanie also carries out private commissions for collectors in Denmark, Spain and Britain.
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.
RX Architects is a young design led practice based in Rye, East Sussex. RXA specialise in residential and mixed use commercial projects and see architecture as a client-centred process, a constant dialogue between architect, client and contractor. The practice prides itself on high standards of design and architectural ambition.
Defined and inspired by the Rye Bay coastline, RXA deliver innovative projects from the south coast of Sussex and Kent to London and beyond.
We draw on our inspiring surroundings and everything we do is shaped by a sense of place. Our Name RX is the marine code for the area between Dungeness and Hastings. A symbol that as a practice we are rooted in the area we live and work.
A resonance with her home at Dungeness, Sarah strives to depict an emotional response to the open
landscape and storm clouds, to relay a sensation of vulnerability and a feeling of inability to change
the turbulent events that life brings.
A continuing interest in portraiture has revealed a commonality with the skyscapes, and her
personal viewfinder shows an intimate focus; an illuminating discovery of her way of seeing. An exploration into what people treasure or hold close, reveals a further understanding of the individual depicted.
Sally graduated from Ravensbourne College of Art and Design with a First Class Honours Degree in Fashion with Printed Textiles. She then went on to complete an MA in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art in 2003. Sally set up her own print studio and worked as a Fashion and Textile Designer for a number of years, taking part in London Fashion Week.
She joined New Road Artists at Rye Creative Centre in 2015 and is now translating her ideas onto canvas through painting, collage and screen printing, rather than three dimensionally as fashion garments.
Sally’s work is abstract using bold, graphic shapes and her passion is the interplay between colour, line and balance.
The Studio is a professional arts space for people with disabilities. Artists can come and create artworks of all kinds with the support of practising artist Jenny Edbrooke and her fantastic team of volunteers.
We provide the materials and tutoring for artists in their chosen mediums such as: Painting (oils, watercolours, acrylics), Drawing (charcoal, pencil, pastels), ceramics, collage, decoupage, model making, printmaking, woodcraft and textiles.
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.
Georgie Watson is a landscape artist working from her studio at the Rye Creative Centre and living in Camber Sands. The themes in her work reflect a passion for watersports, the elements in nature and family time at the beach. With the East Sussex coast as her primary source of inspiration, she often paints out on the sand dunes at Camber and the Romney Marshes where the vast ever changing skies dictate the direction of new piece.
Georgie is particularly interested in recording an immediate response to her subject. Her plein air paintings and sketches from out in the field can be the beginning and the end, but they can also be just the beginning, leading to new interpretation in the studio through printmaking and larger studio pieces.
Andrew 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.