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. Work ranges 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.


Latest exhibitions

START: Primary Prints

31 May 2019 to 23 June 2019

Rochester Art Gallery and Eastgate House 

Over 200 children from Balfour Junior Academy, Lordswood School, Stoke Primary Academy and Allhallows Primary Academy have been working with Medway Heritage Service to create an exhibition for the Gallery and Eastgate House. With the support of an artist, and treasures at the Guildhall Museum as inspiration, they have created artwork using a variety of print and other techniques as part of the Museum’s partnership programme: START, which is jointly funded by Royal Opera House Bridge and Children & the Arts.

The exhibition is also part of Medway Print Festival 2019 and includes pictures and objects from the Guildhall collection which inspired the work.

Printed work of children's artwork.

 


Coming soon

Bizarre and Curious Silks: Textiles by Hannah Robson

5 July 2019 to 21 Sep 2019

Rochester Art Gallery and Huguenot Museum (upstairs above the gallery)

Hannah Robson challenges the limits imposed by the loom, exploring how threads can escape and disrupt traditional woven construction, she often combines weaving with lace-making or basketry techniques to create technically ambitious sculptural forms. Bizarre and Curious Silks is a joint exhibition with The Huguenot Museum, where Hannah will present new work inspired by the textile heritage of the Huguenots and Spitalfields silks. Part of the Gallerys 'Three Threads' textile season.

Supported by Arts Council England, David Walters Fabrics Ltd, The Worshipful Company of Weavers & Medway Arts Development

Artwork by Hannah Robson ersilia

 


Past exhibitions

Our recent exhibitions have included:

  • Painting with Cloth: Cas Holmes' exhibition 'Painting with Cloth' explored the connection between landscape, people and place. Collecting free material as she goes, Cas creates marks with cloth, paint and stitch.
  • Feels Like Forever Ago: showcasing the early 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.
  • 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