Archive 2016


We launched the new year with a solo exhibition of new paintings from long term resident artist Jillian Eldridge.
Migrating figures move through landscapes, distilled down to a blurred image, separated from the viewer by an over painted grid.  Images of beauty which suggest a atmosphere of contemplation. Jillian recently held her first solo show in London, “Slipping Away”, at the Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch.


FOUND an accidental encounter 3 – 10 February

The unexpected, the accidental, the unpredictable. The personal experience of finding something out of the blue. It could be a memory, a long lost friend or an object which might initiate a change or transformation. Group exhibition curated by Angelika Howard featuring work by Nick Archer, Sue Batt, David Crew, Jenny Edrooke, Jillian Eldridge, Anny Evason, Ros Faram, Paula MacArthur, Jenny Pockley and  Stephanie Rubin.


NAVIGATE: Re-envisioning Landscape 8 – 30 April

Ian Brown, Gary Mckay, Steph Rubin  – NAVIGATE brings together a printmaker, a sculptor and a scientist, each with a unique and contemporary approach to describing the earth’s landscape.


CORRESPOND 6 May – 10 June

Correspond is an international collective of painters who first came together on the Turps Art SchoolCorrespondence Course.
This exhibition is an extension of an intensive period of online critique between peers and their painter-mentors which now creates a place where the paintings can be seen in the real rather than the digital world and the artists can respond directly to one another’s work.



ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW is a collaborative experiment to revisit and reimagine the 1968 Antiuniversity of London in an ongoing programme of free and inclusive learning events.  ANTIUNIVERSITY NOW challenges academic and class hierarchy through an open invitation to teach and learn any subject, in any form, anywhere.
As part of Antiuniversity Now 2016 RCC hosted two artist development events.


ABC (Artist Boot Camp) as part of Antiuniversity Now festival – 8 June

ABC involved a small group of artists coming together for an intensive day of sharing ideas and opinions of one another’s work. The aim of the day was to have a rigorous in-depth insight into each individuals work, as well      as  an opportunity to meet new artists in a supportive environment.  Paula MacArthur faciliated the event, she is a painter, curator and organiser of the De La Warr Pavilion Artists Crit Group. The Crit group meet monthly to provide an informal forum in which local artists can show and discuss their work and develop their practice.


Social Media for Artists (as part of Antiuniversity Now festival) – 9 June

This workshop offered an opportunity to start from scratch and set up twitter, instagram and facebook accounts. This session gave artists the chance to ask questions, set up profiles and get advice on how to utilise social media for networking and promotion.


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SOLSTICE BLOOMS 17 June – 2 July

An exhibition of work by resident artist Jenny Edbrooke.  Following her sell out debut show ‘Floratopia’ in Summer 2015, Jenny returned with more shiny fantasies which explore metaphysics alongside neo-feminism. These seductive works stay true to their political and spiritual roots whilst embracing kitsch with a self-ridiculing dash of humour and a hint of pop art sexiness.



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A selection of printmakers connected to East Sussex each created an edition of 15 prints; 4 for sale, 1 for the Sussex Coast College Hastings Print Study Collection and 10 for swaps between one another.  This exhibition featured the first edition print from each artist.



CUBA. Havana. Hanoi Studio. 2001.

CUBA. Havana. Hanoi Studio. 2001


Thursday 30 September 2016, 6.30pm
Doors: 5.30pm
Rye Creative CentreTickets: £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.


Alice AndersonPhil IllingworthEvy Jokhova
This exhibition took 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, visiting cousins.
The artists all explore ideas of boundaries, restraint and liberation and communicate their own personal responses using their own, unique visual languages. In bringing their works together at this particular time curator, Paula MacArthur, seeks to create some resonance with current European issues and invites discussion from both personal and political viewpoints. This exhibition forms part of Rye Arts Festival and Root 1066 International Festival.

FOR ALL TIME – 19 September
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.


OPEN STUDIOS –  23 & 24 September
Rye Creative Centre opened its doors for a rare look inside the studios. New Road Artists were in their studios ready to discuss their work and meet with visitors.



Don Pasquale Theatre Rye Arts FestivalDON PASQUALE – OPERA

Saturday 1 October 2016, doors open 6pm
Rye Creative Centre Theatre
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.


Sunday 9 October 2016, 2pm – 4pm
The Art Room, Rye Creative Centre
Facilities: Free parking, Accessible venue

As part of Hastings & 1066 Country Cartoon Festival, Rye Creative Centre are hosting a workshop for women run by Loulou Cousin – for sassy girls, grumpy old women and everything in between. Draw cartoons and comics, have a rant, have a laugh, create something positive. No previous experience is necessary.

dementia-friends-logoSUNSET SERENADE

Saturday 22 October, 2016
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.



Sunday 30 October 2016, 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.

arrcc-simply0divasSIMPLY DIVAS

Thursday 24 November 2016, 7.30pm
The Theatre, Rye Creative Centre
Tickets: £12
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 ‘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?’. ”
Sam Williams for ARRCC & Rye Creative Centre

14993478_358971084454614_3692928794170927417_n-1CHEKHOV TRIPLE BILL – SUN 18TH DEC 2016 – 4PM

Euphonia’s Triple Bill of short plays by Anton Chekhov will be playing at Rye Creative Centre on December 18th at 4pm, Following their run in London.
Challenging the commonly-held assumption that opera singers can’t act, Euphonia Studio attempts to prove to the contrary in a highly entertaining triple-bill of short plays by Anton Chekhov.
Updated to a modern-day, north-of-England setting, The Proposal, On the Evils of Tobacco and The Bear feature a cast of young opera singers – Edward Jowle, Sophie Dicks and Hannah Jane Peel – using their voices in a completely different way to usual…without singing a note! Adapted and directed by Euphonia Studio Artistic Director Alisdair Kitchen, the production is playing in London from December 6th-10th at The Drayton Arms Theatre, and travels to Rye, East Sussex for a one-off performance in association with the Rye Arts Festival