Welcome

The Fry Public Art Gallery was opened in 1987 and houses an impressive number of paintings, prints, illustrations, wallpapers and decorative designs by artists of the 20th century and the present day who have local connections and have made a significant contribution to their field. There is an emphasis on those who for a variety of reasons settled in Great Bardfield between the early thirties of the last century and the death in 1983 of John Aldridge RA who had lived in the village for fifty years.

The Gallery is run by volunteers, both invigilators when it is open to the public and other helpers throughout the year. Please contact us if you would like to become more involved.

Please note:

Until July 18th, entry is by pre-booked timed slots.

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During 2021, all exhibitions will take place nearby at The Fry Art Gallery Too in Museum Street, Saffron Walden, adjacent to the main gates of Saffron Walden Museum.

Gallery Extension Update

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of donors, we are very pleased to announce that building work on the long-awaited new archive area and exhibition space at the Fry Art Gallery will begin in the coming weeks, as we have nearly reached our fund-raising target.

Please click HERE for more information.

If you can join our efforts to close the gap and reach our fundraising total, we would warmly welcome your contribution.

Become a member

If you would like to become a Fry Gallery Member you can now do so online. Please choose an option below.

Visit the Collection

Browse the Fry Gallery collection online here.

Art & Artists

Work of the Week 27: The Flying Dutchman by David Myerscough-Jones

Work of the Week 27: The Flying Dutchman by David Myerscough-Jones

mixed media, 1975 Made in advance of a 1976 BBC television production of Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman, David Myerscough-Jones's drawing manages not only to be a practical design but to evoke the entire musical world of that haunted and haunting opera. The...

Work of the Week 26: Dans ce Cafe by Michael Ayrton

Work of the Week 26: Dans ce Cafe by Michael Ayrton

etching, from Femmes/Hombres (The Verlaine Suite) 1972 Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), wrote a trilogy of erotic poetry between 1887 and 1891, entitled Les Amies, Femmes and Hombres. The latter two were republished in 1972 as Femmes/Hombres in an edition of 100, with 15...

Exhibitions

North West Essex Potters (online)

North West Essex Potters (online)

Online Exhibition (published 18th September 2020) The Fry Art Gallery has had for some years a small collection of the work of studio potters who have lived and worked in North West Essex. Recently this has been developed and two new ground-breaking potters, Ian Auld...

News

VIDEO: Gallery Walk-Through of Ayrton Exhibition

VIDEO: Gallery Walk-Through of Ayrton Exhibition

Join us for a walk-through of the current Goldmark sponsored exhibition at the Fry Art Gallery, A Singular Obsession – Celebrating the Centenary of Michael Ayrton, with Dr. Justine Hopkins. Hopkins is a writer and freelance lecturer in Art History, and also the...

Ravilious and the New Online Shop

Ravilious and the New Online Shop

The Fry has started its own online shop. Here you can purchase textiles, books and catalogues and have them posted to you. Last week we launched the new Eric Ravilious Child's Handkerchief. The initial run sold out within 48 hours. Our supplier is currently rushing...

Michael Ayrton: Centenary Celebrations

Michael Ayrton: Centenary Celebrations

2021 is the centenary of Michael Ayrton’s birth. Among the exhibitions in 2021 is A Singular Obsession - celebrating the centenary of Michael Ayrton, here at The Fry. Ayrton’s Minotaur is a striking denizen of the Barbican’s St Alphage Garden, while the legendary...

Visiting us

Opening Times

Until the 18th July, entry is by pre-booked, timed tickets only.

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Entry will be limited to 12 people per hour, respecting social distancing and visitors must wear a face mask (unless exempt).

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2pm – 5pm

Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sunday and Bank holidays 2pm – 5pm

Contact us

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01799 520679

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Location

The Fry Gallery on Castle Street will be closed during 2021, whilst a new extension is built. During that time, exhibitions will be held nearby at:
 
The Fry Art Gallery Too
9b Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1BN
 
This building is adjacent to the main gates to Saffron Walden Museum.
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