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.