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Exhibitions for 2021: Lithographic Fever: 'Britain’s Mid-Century Print Boom' and A Singular Obsession - a celebration of the centenary of Michael Ayrton. Please check back for details of our re-opening date.
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Gallery Extension Green-Lit

Having already raised all but £15,000 of the estimated build cost of £420,000, The Fry Art Gallery Society intends to put the proposed construction of the extension out to tender by the end of January 2021. Planning consent for the project has already been granted.

We continue to seek donations from members, friends and Charitable Trusts to reach the full £420,000. The proposals – once completed – will eliminate the shortcomings of the present gallery by providing step-free and child friendly access to all parts of the gallery, a significantly larger, separate, Archive Centre, additional exhibition space, an accessible toilet and a dedicated fire escape.

The Archive Centre will enable our administration and care-of-collection work to be carried out while the gallery is open, thus allowing the opening hours to be increased. It is intended that a contract will be entered into by the end of February 2021 and construction completed by Christmas 2021.



Work of the Week 6: Hoy’s Cart by Paul Beck
Travelling just beyond Sewards End, now a suburb of Saffron Walden, towards Radwinter, a sign at the edge of a track signifies Hoy’s Farm.
Work of the Week 5: Figure Studies by Duffy Ayers
This drawing, which was presented to the Gallery by Michael Rothenstein, to whom she had been married, is rare because her reputation and work is mostly based on oil paintings of figures and interiors.
Work of the Week 4: Self Portrait, Kinlochbervie by John Bellany
“It’s an ill wind that blows no good” runs the old idiom, and it was the wind of illness that blew John Bellany (1942-2013), a redoubtable Scot, to Saffron Walden in 1990.
Work of the Week 3: A Card at Christmas by Edward Bawden
We have chosen this deliberately because the sending of greetings at Christmas time, which gathered momentum in the 1840s under Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s encouragement, were not necessarily religious in their purpose but also to exchange greetings during the winter months, at a time when Christmas had yet to become the widely held celebration that it is today.
Work of the Week 2: The Thatcher by Kate Chapman
Kate Chapman (née Ablett) (1926 - 2002), met her husband, the artist George Chapman (1908 -1993), whilst she was a student at the Norwich School of Art in 1946.
Work of the Week 1: Brick House, Great Bardfield by Ronald Maddox
Read “The White House” and most minds turn to the famous Presidential office in Washington DC.
First Prize
Bernard Cheese 1925 -2013
Under the Sun
Duffy Ayers 1915 - 2017
Two Women Sitting in a Garden
Eric Ravilious 1903 - 1942
Geraniums and Carnations
Eric Ravilious 1903 - 1942
Rocking Horse, Seashore
Olive Cook 1912 - 2002
Welsh Coast
John Bolam 1922 - 2009
Threshing in the Snow
Thomas Hennell 1903 - 1945
Cat on Chair
Sheila Robinson 1925 - 1988
Bamboo Hall
Richard Bawden NEAC b, 1936
My Mother’s House
Chloe Cheese b. 1952
Still Life with Mandolin
Robert MacBryde 1913 - 1966
Cemetery in Enna, Siciliy
Walter Hoyle 1922 - 2000
Jug by Charlotte Bawden
Charlotte Bawden 1902 - 1970
Bird and Sun
Michael Rothenstein 1908 - 1993
Adam with Pram
Kenneth Rowntree 1915 - 1977
Masked Figures with Horse
Robert Colquhoun 1914 - 1962
Burning Fields
Keith Vaughan 1912 - 1977
Silver Birch
John Aldridge RA 1905 - 1983
Brighton Pier
Edward Bawden CBE RA1903 - 1989


Dan Arbeid
North West Essex Potters (online)

Online Exhibition (published 18th September 2020)

Previous Exhibition: Random Spectacular
Please note that this exhibition has now closed due to government restrictions.
Previous Exhibition: Walter Hoyle – A Versatile Artist
Please note that this exhibition has now closed due to government restrictions.


The Fry Art Gallery Annual Sale 2020 Cancelled

Unfortunately, this year's Annual Sale has been cancelled due to the latest Government restrictions. The…



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.

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To comply with the latest Government guidelines, the Gallery will close from 5th November. Any pre-booked tickets beyond that date are no longer valid. The Gallery will re-open from April 2021.

We would love to hear from you so please get in touch.

01799 513779
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Castle Street,
Saffron Walden,
CB10 1BD

The Gallery is a few yards down a pathway leading from Castle Street to Bridge End Gardens, a Victorian landscaped garden open to the public. (We have provision for wheelchair users – please ask one of our invigilators.)

The nearest railway station is two miles away at Audley End (on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line). There are hourly buses to and from Audley End Station (visitors might like to make their own inquiries at Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, 01799 524002). There are usually taxis waiting at the station.

Cambridge is 15 miles to the north; London 54 miles to the south and the M11 motorway passes nearby. The nearest car park is at Swan Meadow (CB10 1DA) and the main Gallery is a 10 minute walk away. Leave the car park by the pedestrian exit and walk up to the High Street. Turn left and then take the second road on the right, which is Castle Street. The main Gallery is on the left hand side of the road.

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