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Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case

Rochester Art Gallery is situated on the ground floor of the Medway Visitor Information Centre. The gallery presents an exciting programme of high quality contemporary visual art and craft that is of regional, national and international significance.

The gallery showcases challenging, contemporary visual arts by emerging and established artists, from fine art and craft to digital media and installations. Recent exhibitions have included works by acclaimed artists Kate MccGwire, Billy Childish, Hannah Maybank, Karl Bielik, Shelly Goldsmith, Tessa Farmer and Jessie Brennan, as well as works by exceptional Medway artists including Steve Mace, Marissa Mardon, Wendy Daws, Matt Bray, Zara Carpenter and Medway Fine Printmakers.

Rochester Art Gallery is funded and supported by Medway Council through the Arts Development Team. The majority of exhibitions are curated especially for the space and the Exhibitions Co-Ordinator works with other galleries, curators, artists and partners to develop four new shows a year.

Exhibitions are accompanied by often free artist led workshop opportunities.


Exhibitions and activities

Margo Selby: Pick by Pick
14 December 2017 – 24 February 2018Mergo Selby

Rochester Art Gallery and the Huguenot Museum are delighted to announce their first partnership exhibition, featuring internationally renowned textile artist and designer Margo Selby. We are showcasing her beautiful hand-woven framed textiles, including new pieces made especially for this show, along with an archive of her design work.

The pieces on display are part of an ongoing collection of hand-woven artworks created using a technique called Lampas. Lampas is a term for a historic woven structure that was used by French weavers to create decorative brocade fabrics, and developed in England by Huguenot refugees. Margo is now using these weave structures in a new way to create stunning geometric framed works with a modernist feel.

This colourful exhibition showcases the prolific portfolio of work Margo has created in her 15 year career as a textile artist and designer, along with preparatory work that reveals the extraordinary processes that go into handwoven textiles.

Margo has been supplying prestigious boutiques, galleries and department stores for many years and we are delighted that the Huguenot Museum shop will be offering a range of Margo’s textiles, including cushions and scarves from 1 November. Some of the work in the exhibition will also be for sale.

Workshops & Talks

All workshops for this exhibition are bookable online at www.huguenotmuseum.org

Colour & Stripe Workshop with Margo Selby:
Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 10.30-12.30am                                

Talk by Margo Selby:
Saturday, 20 Jan 2018, 2pm      

Talk by Olivia Horsfall Turner:
Saturday, 3 February 2018, 2pm     

Pattern-drawing and silk-weaving: decoding the designs of the late ingenious Mr Leman
Two Day Weaving Workshop with Margo Selby:  
Friday, 16 & Saturday, 17 February 2018            

Family weaving workshop with Ann Bowdler from the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers :
Thursday, 15 February 11am-2pm 

Coming Soon

Techno Fossils

Friday, 9 March - Sunday, 27 May 2018  

In his new series of paintings Darrell Hawkins explores alternative Kent based 'monoliths and monuments' – overlooked, forgotten or obsolete structures that litter the Kent landscape that act as signifiers to Kent’s past and shape its current identity.

Invitation – Meet the artist at the opening reception of Techno Fossils on Thu 8 Mar 6.30-8.30pm, no need to book all welcome

Past exhibitions and activities

Marissa Mardon


Find all past exhibitions and activities




Arts news and events

Rochester Art Gallery promotes engagement, participation and accessibility to a wide audience.
Join our mailing list for arts news and events by contacting the Arts Development Team on
01634 338319 or arts@medway.gov.uk

Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case is on the ground floor of the Medway Visitor Information Centre at
95 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1LX.  The rear entrance of the building is immediately opposite Rochester Railway Station

Opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday - 10am-5pm
  • Sunday - 10.30am-5pm
  • October to March - Closed on Sundays except during special events

Opening times may vary during bank holidays. Please check in advance.


Rochester Art Gallery is fully accessible with wheelchair access and disabled toilets.

Local history exhibitions

Exhibitions on local history can be found at the Medway Archives Centre,  the Guildhall Museum, Eastgate House, the cathedral and the Huguenot Museum upstairs from the gallery.