Archive 2015

Highlights of events 2015


Foule Parlement RCC FlyerFOULE PARLEMENT 1st – 18th December

Curated by Ros Faram, Foule Parlement is a group painting show based around the theme of birds. Titled after Chaucer’s C14th dream-vision poem, The Parlement of Foules, which addresses the questions of love, free will and destiny through the cast of an array of birds. The exhibition gathers together bird-works by the cast of an array of painters to hold parliament in Rye:- Ros Faram, Hayley Field, The Baron Gilvan, Paul Housley, Phil King, Joe Packer, Neil Metzner, Iain Nicholls, Jacqueline Utley

Painting detail: Neil Metzner, The Witness, oil on canvas, 2014




FEAST OF DELIGHTS  CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd November

Our annual designers and makers Christmas event transformed the Gallery into a food hall and the theatre into an arts and crafts fair. Artisan food hampers and exquisite handmade arts and crafts – textiles, ceramics, jewellery, photography, printing, glassware and more.  Click here to see the full list of this year’s stall holders. Café by Scrummylicious and Children’s Creative Area run by New Road Artist Carol MacDonald.





Internationally renown illustrator, graphic artist, film maker and musician Dave Mckean curated an exhibition showcasing a series of his spectacular work including painting, collage and digital illustration.  Dave also gave a fascinating insight into his work and extensive career in illustration, filmmaking, music and photography to a packed theatre space on Sunday October 25th.  Read Dave’s formidable biography here.



Dave McKean Leonardo the Absolute Man



THE BIG DRAW – SUNDAY OCTOBER 25th – 12pm to 1.30pm

To compliment Dave McKean’s talk and as part of the international festival of drawing, The Big Draw, New Road Artists Carol MacDonald, Stephanie Rubin and Christine Hopwood hosted free drawing workshops at RCC as follows:-


STEPHANIE RUBIN: (over 16s) Taking influence from Paula Rego, creating a dramatic still life scene complete with model, to encourage a narrative and exploratory drawing.

CHRISTINE HOPWOOD: (over 16s) Christine likes to mix it up a little bit and will have you looking at drawing from unusual perspectives with unusual techniques and mediums. Hopefully you will never look at things in quite the same way again.

With only a pencil and drawing lots of long lines you can show an interesting picture of your foot, your hand or your eye!
Come along and Carol can show you how.



Resident artists exhibition to accompany the Open Studios event. Painting, print making, photography, textile art, sculpture, illustration and more.





Event Poster BigABILITIES BEYOND August 7th — 21st

An exhibition celebrating abilities in all people.  Artist Phyllis McDowel has created portraits of some of the ARRCC members.  Her recent work challenges the way people with disabilities are represented. Also showcased is a display of paintings and prints created by ARRCC members, some of whom are artists themselves and others who are are completely new to the creative process.



N_Archer_LastLightNICK ARCHER: NEW PAINTINGS  July 23rd – August 5th

Impromptu exhibition of stunning new work by resident artist Nick Archer.



Nick Archer Last Light, oil on canvas


DUPLICATA 1st July – 17th July

An exhibition of works by artist Nina Rodin.  Duplicata is Latin for duplicates and also the root of the word ‘duplicity’. Using archival books, video, photographic prints, postcards of famous paintings, macrophotography and digital scanning, Nina Rodin explores the many forms of duplicity: copies, fakes, photographic prints, imitations, appropriations, repetitions and reproductions.

Work shown: Nina Rodin, Double Up, acrylic on archival prints.


SYMPOSIUM 30th June 12.30 – 4.30pm

Rye Creative Centre’s third annual Symposium was a great success.  The Symposium comprised an afternoon of talks and discussions around the theme of Fakes and Forgery and we were delighted to present an impressive group of expert speakers, all of international repute:- Nina Rodin is an artist and director of the Trelex residency in Geneva, Vernon Rapley is Director of Security at the V&A and former Head of the Art & Antiques Unit at New Scotland Yard, Chris Cleere is an antiques restorer and archeological conservationist, Sarah Pickering is an established artist and Teaching Fellow in Photography at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and Sarah Knill-Jones is a visual artist dividing her time between London and Baku, Azerbaijan.

Work shown: Nina Rodin (in collaboration with Sarah Knill Jones), Second Derivative (movie still).


COLLABORATE 16th May –  7th June

Resident artists of Rye Creative Centre, collectively known as “New Road Artists”, and artists who have had studios here in the past, exhibited together in a group show. Work included a bronze sculpture by Stephanie Rubin, an intriguing telephone mutoscope by Daryl Balcombe, paintings by associate artists Peter Burgess and Danny Pockets amongst others, prints, textiles and photographs.

Work shown: Hi from Rye by A Lincoln Taber


Saturday 28th February – Friday 13th March 2015: Complete the Piece exhibition
A piece of work from one artist was given to another to complete.  The results were intriguing and surprising, a truly original show.


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