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.

The Fry Art Gallery is now closed for 2023. We re-open on Sunday April 7th 2024 with these exhibitions:

Great Bardfield and Beyond: A Working Landscape, in the main gallery, and Working Women – The Art of Sheila Robinson & Chloë Cheese in the Gibson Room.

Film by Thomas Völker © 2022

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News and Events

New acquisition: Woman & Cat by Robert Colquhoun

New acquisition: Woman & Cat by Robert Colquhoun

New acquisition: Woman & Cat, by Robert Colquhoun Lithograph, 1951 At the Fry annual sale last November, the gallery was able to boost its collection with a clutch of works by 'Fry' artists. They include two late watercolours and a print by Edward Bawden, a...

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Work of the month

Work of the month: Fishermen by Keith Vaughan

Work of the month: Fishermen by Keith Vaughan

Screen-printed cotton crepe, 1956 The Fry Gallery is pleased to have acquired this example of one of the furnishing fabrics that Keith Vaughan designed for Edinburgh Weavers between 1956 and 1958. Vaughan was one of several contemporary artists who were commissioned...

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Work of the month: Hyde Park by Edward Bawden

Work of the month: Hyde Park by Edward Bawden

Poster for London Transport, Lithograph 1925 An early work by Edward Bawden for London Transport, printed by Curwen. It shows horse riders and people strolling in Hyde Park. Purchased with assistance from the Gibson Walden Fund. We are delighted to welcome Sam...

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Work of the month: Design for Ivanhoe by Olga Lehmann

Work of the month: Design for Ivanhoe by Olga Lehmann

Ink & watercolour on paper, 1981 This is a sketch done by Olga Lehmann of a costume for the character Rebecca, played by Olivia Hussey, in a TV film adaptation of Ivanhoe, first shown in the UK in September 1982. The production featured a number of well-known...

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Exhibitions

Great Bardfield and Beyond: A Working Landscape

Great Bardfield and Beyond: A Working Landscape

7th April to 27th October 2024 Great Bardfield and Beyond: A Working Landscape Great Bardfield was described by Olive Cook as 'paradisial' in her book about the North West Essex Artists. But Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, who initially settled there in 1931 had a...

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Charles Mahoney RA: The Pleasures of Life

Charles Mahoney RA: The Pleasures of Life

6th July to 27th October 2024 in the Gibson Room Charles Mahoney RA: The Pleasures of Life Charles (Cyril) Mahoney (l903-68) has been largely forgotten and this exhibition offers a reassessment. Mahoney was a close friend of Bawden and Ravilious who first met while...

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Visiting us

Opening Times

The Gallery is now closed for the 2023 season. We re-open on Sunday 7th April, 2024.

Admission is free.

 

Monday Closed
Tuesday 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 2pm – 5pm
Thursday 2pm – 5pm
Friday 2pm – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Sunday and bank holidays 2pm – 5pm

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Location

The Fry Art Gallery
19a Castle St, Saffron Walden CB10 1BD
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