Rochester Art Gallery and Craft Case

Key Features

  • Children Welcome
  • Free admission
  • Café, Tourist Information Centre, Toilets, Baby changing facilities
  • New Huguenot Museum upstairs
  • Fully accessible

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. Past exhibitions have included works by acclaimed artists Emma Stibbon RA, Kate MccGwire, Billy Childish, Darrell Hawkins, Karl Bielik, Shelly Goldsmith, Cas Holmes, Hannah Robson, Daisy Parris, Laurie Vincent and Margo Selby, 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 Curator 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.

Information for visitors:
Free admission
The gallery is fully accessible for wheelchair users
Explore Life Cafe now open

Current exhibition
Rochester Art Gallery has a focus on contemporary textiles throughout 2019, with exhibitions by Cas Holmes, Hannah Robson and Francesca Baur pushing the boundaries of textile art as part of the Three Threads season.

• 4 Oct - 4 Jan '20: Flax, Fibre & Botanical Dyes: Kent Cloth textile works by Francesca Baur,
In the last of our Three threads season Francesca Baur of Fable & Base is showing a series of seasonal wall hangings each exploring the landscape of Kent based in four locations for the Kent Cloth project. The initiative advocates a slower approach to creating natural local textiles and employs traditional skills, from growing the flax for linen to making natural plant dyes.

Throughout the project participants took part in seasonal foraging guided walks unlocking the world of botanics, to create materials from the land, fungi and pigments from plant extracts to be used in natural dye and screen-printing workshops. To compliment the exhibition we grew flax, weld, madder, woad, chamomile and dyers coreopsis in the public Visitor Centre garden at the gallery which is being used in our workshops.
Arts Council funded

Future exhibition

Echoes - Experiments by Zara Carpenter
Multidisciplinary artist Zara Carpenter will show a new body of experimental photographic work. She turns the camera on herself, disrupting the chemistry, creating evocative abstractions. The work is deeply personal yet universal.
New work created with the support of Arts Council England, Developing Your Creative Practice Grant.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of activities. Visit our Facebook or Instagram to find out more #ZaraCarpenterEchoes
17 January - 28 March 2020

The Last Dream of my Soul - Printmakers Open Call Exhibition for Dickens 150
In 2020 we commemorate 150 years since Dickens death in 1870, Rochester Art Gallery will be hosting our first Print Open Call and printmakers are invited to create works on the theme of ‘Dickens, Death & Drood’ for this special exhibition.
Prints will be exhibited alongside beautiful Victorian funerary treasures, mourning dress and Dickens items loaned from the Rochester Guildhall Museum collection
Taking part is FREE and subject to space we plan to exhibit at least one work by each entrant. As well as Dickens 150, the exhibition will also be a highlight of Medway Print Festival MPF20 & the Summer Dickens Festival 2020.
For full details of categories including our under 21s section, terms and conditions and an entry form visit #deathdickensdrood
10 April - 28 June 2020.

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For further information contact Medway Council’s Arts Development Team on 01634 338319 or

Opening Times

Sunday: 11:00-16:00
Monday: 10:00-17:00
Tuesday: 10:00-17:00
Wednesday: 10:00-17:00
Thursday: 10:00-17:00
Friday: 10:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Closed on Sundays October-March
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Situated within the Visitor Information Centre, 95 High Street, Rochester From M2/A2 follow the brown tourist signs for Historic Rochester. The rear entrance to the Visitor Centre and Gallery opposite entrance to new railway station.
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High Street
01634 338319