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 and will re-open on Sunday 2nd April 2023 with two exhibitions:

Art and Design from the permanent collection, and Interwoven Lives: Marianne Straub, Great Bardfield & Friends.

Film by Thomas Völker © 2022

Online Shop

The Fry’s online shop has a range of gifts, from textiles to books.

Please click HERE for more information.

The Fry receives no regular funding and the pandemic has affected visitor numbers during. Should you wish to contribute to our running costs, please use the button below.

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.

Work of the week

Work of the week 59: Bust of Lewis Fry

Work of the week 59: Bust of Lewis Fry

Visitors entering the Fry Gallery will find in the lobby a Victorian bust of the Rt. Hon, Lewis Fry, MP for Bristol executed in 1882 by James Havard Thomas, and perhaps wonder why he is there in “a shrine to my favourite Essex artists” (to quote Grayson Perry). The...

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Art and Design

Art and Design

2nd April  - 29th October 2023 Art and Design will draw from our Permanent Collection works which emphasise the contribution which the artists made to British design.

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News and Events

Visiting us

Opening Times

The Gallery is currently closed.

It will re-open on Sunday 2nd April 2023, and will remain open until Sunday 29th October.

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