FRY GALLERY TOO: WHEN BARDFIELD MOVED TO SAFFRON WALDEN: ARTISTS IN SAFFRON WALDEN FROM THE 1960'S TO THE 1980'S.
The inaugural exhibition at The Fry's new second home, The Fry Art Gallery Too.
Open from the 2nd December 2017 - 25th March 2018
Saturdays: 11am - 5pm
Sundays: 2.15pm - 5pm
Having lived at Brick House in Great Bardfield for some forty years, in 1970 Charlotte Bawden arranged that she and Edward would move to Park Lane in Saffron Walden, where life would be more convenient. Sadly, she died before this was achieved, but Edward found a welcome there within an established community of artists.
A number of artists from the Bawdens' Great Bardfield circle had already settled in Saffron Walden before Edward moved to Park Lane. Sheila Robinson had moved there because her daughter Chloë Cheese was attending the Friends' School in the town. Olive (Cook) and Edwin Smith were established at The Coach House, Windmill Hill. Chloë Cheese is now an established artist in her own right, whose work is included in the North West Essex Collection.
Apart from the former Bardfield group, a strong contingent of professional artists were already living and working in and around Saffron Walden. John Bolam was teaching at Edward's old alma mater, the Cambridge School of Art. Paul Beck was living at Sewards End; the television and theatre designer David Myerscough-Jones lived in the High Street, while Olga Lehmann - a highly talented stage, film and TV designer and artist - lived in Artisans' Dwellings. A later arrival was the painter John Bellany who lived at Newport for nearly 20 years, earning his inclusion in the North West Essex Collection through his contribution to British art from this base.