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.

Current exhibition

Anatomica: Paper textiles from the Cabinet of Curiosity Studio

This exhibition will run from 7 September 2018 to 2 December 2018 at Rochester Art Gallery.

The exhibition showcases the work of Caroline Collinge, exploring design and visual art in the form of paper textiles and origami.

Paper textiles art from Rochester Art Gallery

Free paper folding workshop with Cabinet of Curiosity Studio

Saturday 24 November 2018 from 10.30am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 3.30pm

(Please note: The 1.30pm and 3.30pm sessions are now fully booked)

Join Cabinet of Curiosity Studio and create your own unique folded paper textiles using recycled materials and simple hand-crafted techniques including the traditional Japanese “waterbomb” fold. Take away your artwork and make it into a sculpture, jewellery, a lampshade or other creative project of your own at home.

To book a free place please email us on or phone 01634 338 319.

Suitable for adults young people aged nine and over if accompanied by an adult.


Future exhibitions

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

December 2018 to February 2019

Their mixed media paintings are bold collages of vibrant imagery, often capturing the fast-paced energy of living in a consumer culture.

The Ugly Club exhibition artwork

Painting with Cloth: New textiles by Cas Holmes 

March 2019 to May 19  

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:

  • 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