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 2022 season has now begun and runs until 30 October.
Regeneration: highlights from the permanent collection, with works by Ravilious, Bawden, Rothenstein, Aldridge and many more.
The Many Sides of Isabel Rawsthorne: an in-depth look at the work of this celebrated and prolific artist, who made her home in the area for nearly 40 years. The exhibition includes important loans from the Sainsbury Centre and the Royal Opera House.
Pre-booking is not essential, but recommended.
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This work of the week is really 'Works of the Week' as it gives a taste of our new exhibition - 'Regeneration'. In particular you will find many fine examples of works by Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and John Aldridge. The exhibition runs until the 30th October 2022,...
1970s, watercolour After a year's worth of Work of the Week, it is fitting to highlight this fine watercolour from Edward Bawden. As the vine continues to grow in the greenhouse, so The Fry Art Gallery looks forward to Sunday's re-opening in its new, extended...
scraperboard As Spring arrives, we highlight another work by Olga Lehmann that couldn't be more different to Work of the Week 50. It exudes all the joys of this new season. The Fry holds the full set, one for each season, and highlights her particular skill with this...
© The Estate of John Blake 8th May – 30th October 2022 Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays, Sundays and bank holidays 2 – 5, Saturdays 11 – 5 supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund and sponsored by Shirley Parish in memory of Dorothy Staples. Thirteen...
Two Women Sitting in a Garden, Eric Ravilous, watercolour, 1932. Purchased with assistance from National Heritage Memorial Fund and the V and A Purchase Fund 8th May – 30th October 2022 Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays, Sundays and bank holidays 2 – 5, Saturdays 11...
The Art of Great Bardfield
The visual legacy of a small Essex village
Wolfson College Cambridge, Barton Road CB3 9BB
23 January – 20 March 2022
photo: John Blake Friends Meeting House, High Street, Saffron Walden Friday 10th June 7.30pm £6 (£4 National Art Pass) BOOK HERE An accompaniment to The Many Sides of Isabel Rawsthorne. Dr Carol Jacobi is Curator of British Art at Tate Britain. She has taught, written...
Isabel Rawsthorne was inextricably linked to classical music and to composers and musicians in particular. She married Constant Lambert, composer, conductor and first music director of the Royal Ballet, in 1947. Following his death in 1951, she married the composer...
The Fry has been fortunate to have received a number of works by Isabel Rawsthorne from the estate of Warwick Llewellyn Nicholas, who was brother to Isabel.