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

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.

Future exhibitions and workshops

Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival (MOSAF) Launch Night

Thursday 5 July 2018 from 6pm to 8.30pm

During the exhibition, we will be hosting the launch of MOSAF 2018 at Rochester Art Gallery – come along and find out more about this exciting festival which runs from 14 to 22 July and welcomes visitors to explore the hidden creative work spaces of Medway, take part in activities and events, view exhibitions and meet artists.

Find out more about Medway Open Studios


Creative Destruction: Volcanoes inspiring art and science

Drawing out science family workshops

Tuesday 14 August 1pm to 2.30pm or 3pm to 4.30pm

Join artist Emma Stibbon and volcanologist Kathy Cashman and learn how to record your experiences like an artist or scientist. Exploring natural materials through sight and touch you will discover how to map out your findings in a field notebook.

Activities include drawing from observation, measuring, tracing and making rubbings and will encourage close looking and recording from a range of natural materials and process.

Suitable for young people and children aged 7+ if accompanied by an adult.

Sessions are free, but places must be booked in advance. To book contact or phone 01634 338 319.

Artwork by Emma Stibbons called Broken Terrain

Medway Print Festival

Friday 8 June to Thursday 24 June 2018

Medway Print Festival celebrates the strong local tradition of print making in fine art and the wider cultural landscape.

Running for two weeks across multiple sites, the festival includes over 40 events and activities to showcase some of the best printmaking being created today as well as highlighting the fascinating local history of the medium. We are delighted to include activities in 12 venues, welcoming back participants from last year as well as some new organisations for our third festival.

Find out more on the Medway Print Festival website

Medway Print Festival 2018 logo

Past exhibitions

Our recent exhibitions have included:

  • Adult workshop day - a day where participants were encouraged to make artwork with the artist, exploring the processes and themes that run through his work in order to create their own. This included discussion, collage, drawing and walking in the local area to develop ideas
  • Techno Fossils - Darrell Hawkins explored alternative Kent based ‘monoliths and monuments’ – overlooked, forgotten or obsolete structures across Kent that shape its current identity
  • Technofossil Mountain Family Workshops - A workshop where you could join artist Darrell Hawkins to create your own ‘Technofossils’ using paper and collage to create individual artworks as well as a large collaborative ‘Technofossil Mountain’
  • 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