Archive 2018

Christmas Pop Up! Shop

Saturday 24 November, 10am-4pm

For one day only a selection of New Road Artists & their invited guests will be selling their original work in the Gallery at Rye Creative Centre.

This free event will be a treasure trove for everyone hunting for unique and special Christmas presents created by professional artists, designers & makers.

A child-friendly, festive activity will be taking place between 11am-1pm to keep the little people entertained whilst you browse.

Hot drinks & festive treats will also be available from the kitchen.

New Road Artists: Group Exhibition 

21 September – 28 September 2018

This free exhibition is open to the public Monday – Friday, 11am-1pm.

Our latest exhibition features over 40 works from many of our resident artists here at Rye Creative Centre, collectively known as New Road Artists. The opening of the show coincided with our popular Open Studios weekend.

Landscapes: Reality and The Rest

An Exhibition of new work by
Tony Morton
Sonny New
Lee Warren
Laz Ryan
Kim Spuffard

Charcoal mindscapes, Alien landscapes, Ceramic forestscapes, Abstract cityscapes, Ink seascapes and picturesque pastels

The Studio is a professional arts space for Artists with disabilities.  Jenny Edbrooke provides the materials, resources and inspiration for Artists to be able to create the work they desire.

Private view 2 – 4pm Thursday 16th August. Exhibition open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Fri 10.00am to 3.00pm 17th to 31st August.

New Road Artists Summer Exhibition

Preview: Thursday 21 June 5-8pm
We would love you to join us for drinks at the exhibition preview , no need to RSVP, just come along!

Exhibition continues: 10am-4pm Tuesday – Friday & by appointment until 10 August

Rye Creative Centre Gallery
New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

The New Road Artists will be holding a Summer Exhibition to celebrate our growing community of 38 artists and makers now working at Rye Creative Centre. Our dynamic and vibrant show demonstrates the exciting diversity of work going on in the artists and makers studios, and will be a great opportunity to meet many of the New Road Artists themselves.

Image: Claire Eva Burton, Posada (straight back), 2018


Preview Saturday 12 May 2-5pm

Exhibition continues 12 May – 2 June, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm

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 Creative Centre, Rye.

On Saturday 26 May there will be two activities which will enable the public to get involved in working site specifically. From 10am-1pm 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. For further information and to book a place on this workshop please click here to email Sharon directly.

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.

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.

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, Wed – Sat & by appointment until 14 April.

‘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.

Shane Finan: faigh ar ais as an fharraige

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

3 – 17 March 2018
Private View: Saturday 3 March, 2-5pm
Everyone is welcome to come along to the private view, Shane Finan will give an introduction to the exhibition at 3pm
Programming workshop: Saturday 17 March 10am-12pm
Exhibition opening hours: 10am – 2pm Wednesday – Saturday until 17 March

Technology is transient, made obsolete through newer developments, political intervention, lost ideas. Similarly, language changes over time as words are discarded, altered or invented. The use of technology affects language, and currently is having an effect on the terminology of landscape and nature

faigh ar ais as an fharraige is a new project developed for Rye Creative Centre by Irish visual artist Shane Finan. The exhibition features an interactive digital artwork inspired by history, contemporary culture, place and technology. Using a transposed recreation of JMW Turner’s painting ‘Rye, Sussex’ (1794-7) with a digital touchscreen containing terminology from Sussex, faigh ar ais as an fharraige invites the audience to participate in altering, shifting or changing their visual landscape.

faigh ar ais as an fharraige is the third artwork in Finan’s series Antikythera, etc. that began in 2016. The series explores the relationship between technology and transience, telling stories about lost histories through contemporary media.

As part of this series Finan is also presenting a series of talks that conceptually explore transience, place, culture and technology. This talk will take place on Saturday, March 3rd at 3pm.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain

Related Event: Programming workshop: 10am-12pm Saturday 17 March, £20 per person.

Shane will be teaching an introductory workshop on the basic principles of programming for visual art using software called ‘Processing’ which you can download here beforehand. You will receive a CD at the end of the workshop with some example code as well as some other useful information. We have a limited number of desktop computers you can use so please bring a laptop if you have one.


Hamlet was Theatre Nation’s first full-scale production with performances at St Mary in the Castle (Hastings) and Rye Creative Centre.

The company led by Emily Carding, who plays the Prince, has been touring nationally & internationally to great acclaim with her one-woman version of Richard III.

A Hamlet for an age of disquiet.

Rye Creative Centre: 28 February -3 March 2018

Theatre Nation is a theatre company based in Hastings, East Sussex. We collaborate with a range of artistic disciplines to create high quality theatre productions. Our work to engage young people with the arts is central to what we do.