Exhibition: Saved For The Nation; 7 April - 20 July

The Fry Art Gallery continues to acquire and collect important works by the many artists who lived and worked in North West Essex, and this includes both new artists and those already well represented in the collection.
Our two exhibitions in the Gibson Gallery this year, will feature many of the works collected over the past 10 years, as we are committed to display all new acquisitions which have not only filled gaps in the Collection but which are an inseparable part of the stories of this exciting group of artists. The 'Saved for the Nation', Part One exhibition will run from 7th April to 20th July 2019, and will include new works for the Fry Art Gallery, purchased or restored, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Collecting Cultures' strategic acquisition project called 'The Fry Moving Forward'. This important project has been used since 2014 to deliver a planned programme of collecting and restoration, and has significantly enhanced the potential for further research into the North West Essex Collection.
This new narrative and exploration of the artists will be continued in Part Two of the exhibition, which will run from 27th July to 27th October 2019. Relatively recent acquisitions of paintings and prints, some not often shown, and others which will surprise and delight, will be carefully chosen to illustrate the diversity and talents of the artists who worked in NW Essex.

"Still Life with Mandolin", oil on canvas by Robert MacBryde (1913 - 1966)