Rochester Art Gallery

Rochester Art Gallery features a changing programme of exciting contemporary visual art. We hold four to five exhibitions every year which showcase the work of local, regional and international artists. With work ranging from fine art, to digital media, to performance art and film.

Visit Rochester Art Gallery

It is free to visit the gallery but you may need to buy tickets for some talks and workshops. If you would like to be sent arts news and events you can join our mailing list by contacting us on 01634 338 319 or by emailing arts@medway.gov.uk.

Address: 95 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LX

Opening hours

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


Current exhibitions

Feels Like Forever Ago: New works by Daisy Parris and Laurie Vincent

14 December 2018 to 23 February 2019

Feels Like Forever Ago showcases the early collaborative work of Daisy Parris and Laurie Vincent. Their work is rooted in a post-punk iconographical collage style, commenting on the social fabric of the world around them.

They’ll also be showing new works for the exhibition, showing preparatory drawings in a series, with everything kept in a state between chaos and order.

Meet the artists

Thursday 13 December between 6.30pm and 9pm

Meet the artists, Daisy Parris and Laurie Vincent at the opening reception of Feels Like Forever Ago.

Everyone is welcome to come along to this free event, no booking needed.

The new visitor centre Explore Life Cafe will be open throughout the evening.

Artists daisy parris and laurie vincent

Feels like Forever Ago: Exhibition Workshop

Saturday 16 February 2019 from 10.30am to 3.30pm

Join artist Daisy Parris and artist and curator Matt Bray in the gallery for a day to create your own painted canvas inspired by the themes, motifs and techniques used in the exhibition. To book a free place please contact the Arts Team.

Suitable for adults and accompanied young people age 15+.

The Ugly Club exhibition artwork


Future exhibitions

Painting with Cloth: New textiles by Cas Holmes 

March 2019 to May 2019  

This exhibition explores the ‘in between’ spaces connecting land, place and environment. Cas’ works combine mixed media with found materials and stitch.

Feels Like Forever Ago exhibition artwork

 


Past exhibitions

Our recent exhibitions have included:

  • Anatomica: Paper Textiles from the Cabinet of Curiosity Studio: showcasing the work of Caroline Collinge, exploring design and visual art in the form of paper textiles and origami.
  • Creative Destruction - Volcanoes inspiring art and science: exploring natural materials through sight and touch you will discover how to map out your findings in a field notebook.
  • The Medway Print Festival: a festival with over 40 events and activities, showcasing some of the best printmaking being created today and highlighting the fascinating local history of the medium. 
  • Techno Fossils - Darrell Hawkins explored alternative Kent based ‘monoliths and monuments’ – overlooked, forgotten or obsolete structures across Kent that shape its current identity
  • Margo Selby: Pick by Pick - showcasing a colourful exhibition of hand-woven framed textiles
  • Pigmental: An exhibition of paintings by Karl Bielik
  • Of Fireships and Iron: Showcasing the work of 5 Medway based artists pushing the boundaries of contemporary printmaking