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 2024 season continues 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 until Sunday 30th June. 

From Saturday 6th July you will be able to see Charles Mahoney RA – The Pleasures of Life in the Gibson Room.

Film by Thomas Völker © 2022

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News and Events

Richard Bawden 1936 – 2024

Richard Bawden 1936 – 2024

Everyone at the Fry is saddened by the news that Richard Bawden, artist, illustrator, designer died peacefully at home on May 31st 2024. Richard was a generous supporter of the Fry Art Gallery, and he is well represented in the North West Essex Collection. We are...

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New season opens

New season opens

Ransomes RHA Plough This horse drawn plough, manufactured by Ransomes of  Ipswich, the biggest agricultural equipment manufacturer in Britain, is on show in the exhibition in the main gallery 'Bardfield and Beyond: A Working Landscape'. Ploughs and other farm...

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Colourful bird spotted in the gallery

Colourful bird spotted in the gallery

Sheila Robinson, Parrot 1965, cardboard cut. The pictures are going up on the walls for this season’s exhibitions at the Fry. Keeping an eye on the gallery is this colourful parrot, one of the highlights of this year's opening exhibition in the Gibson room. The show...

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Work of the month

Work of the Month: My Mother’s House by Chloë Cheese

Work of the Month: My Mother’s House by Chloë Cheese

My Mother's House, Lithograph, 1986. Sheila Robinson was a pupil of Edward Bawden at the Royal College of Art. Encouraged by him, she moved to Great Bardfield in 1953, and immersed herself in the creative life there while raising two small children, Ben and Chloë. She...

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Work of the Month: Young Chickens by Walter Hoyle

Work of the Month: Young Chickens by Walter Hoyle

Young Chickens, Gouache, pen and ink, 1958. ‘If I were asked which were the best years,’ wrote Walter Hoyle (1922 - 2000) ‘I would not hesitate to answer those spent in and around Great Bardfield and Great Saling'. During that happy time, between 1952 and 1975, Walter...

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Work of the Month: Ives Farm by Edward Bawden

Work of the Month: Ives Farm by Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden CBE, RA, RDI (1903 - 1989) Ives Farm, Great Bardfield 1956, Linocut Edward and Charlotte Bawden moved to Brick House in Great Bardfield in 1932 sharing the house with Eric and Tirzah Ravilious. Ives Farm backed onto the garden at Brick House. This...

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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 open in 2024 from Sunday 7th April to Sunday 27th 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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Location

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