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 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 57: Tottenham Hale by Edward Bawden

Work of the week 57: Tottenham Hale by Edward Bawden

This is the design for platform murals at Tottenham Hale station on the Victoria Line on the London Underground system which opened in 1968. Thousands pass it every day without knowing it is the work of Edward Bawden.  During the Covid-19 pandemic we used it to remind...

Work of the Week 55: The Pagoda by Edward Bawden

Work of the Week 55: The Pagoda by Edward Bawden

linocut 1964 Kew’s Pagoda was completed in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of the Gardens. It was one of several Chinese buildings designed for Kew by Sir William Chambers, who had spent time travelling and studying the architecture of East Asia. A...

Exhibitions

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.

Interwoven Lives: Marianne Straub, Great Bardfield and Friends

Interwoven Lives: Marianne Straub, Great Bardfield and Friends

2nd April - 2nd July 2023 Marianne Straub (1909 – 1994) was one of the most important commercial textile designers of the twentieth century. During her most productive years in the 1950s and 60s, she was head of design at Warner & Sons in Braintree, and chose to...

Annual Exhibition and Sale

Annual Exhibition and Sale

The Annual Fry Art Gallery Exhibition and Sale will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2022. It will open 12-4 both days, in our newly-extended and refurbished main gallery in Castle Street. And as always we are delighted to welcome members to a...

News and Events

Christmas Gifts Sale – 3rd December 2022

Christmas Gifts Sale – 3rd December 2022

The Gallery will be open giving an opportunity to view and buy gifts made exclusively for the Fry Art Gallery.                                            ...

Annual Exhibition and Sale

Annual Exhibition and Sale

The Annual Fry Art Gallery Exhibition and Sale will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2022. It will open 12-4 both days, in our newly-extended and refurbished main gallery in Castle Street. And as always we are delighted to welcome members to a...

Exhibition and Sale taster II

Exhibition and Sale taster II

More goodies on offer at the forthcoming Annual Fry Art Gallery Exhibition and Sale. Works by (clockwise from top left): John Bellany RA, David Cass, Hugh Ribbans, Perienne Christian. The sale is in the gallery on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2022, between...

Visiting us

Opening Times

The Gallery is open from 8th May – 30th October 2022.

Admission is free.

Pre-booking is not essential, but you can reserve a timed-entry ticket HERE.

Professor Martin Salisbury of Anglia Ruskin University will conduct tours of the main exhibition at 3pm on the the last Friday of each month. 

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

Contact us

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Location

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