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.

Please note:

Subject to government guidelines, The Fry Art Gallery will re-open on Saturday 29th May.

Until June 20th, admission will be by pre-booked timed slots.

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During 2021, all exhibitions will take place nearby at The Fry Art Gallery Too in Museum Street, Saffron Walden, adjacent to the main gates of Saffron Walden Museum.

Gallery Extension Update

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of donors, we are very pleased to announce that building work on the long-awaited new archive area and exhibition space at the Fry Art Gallery will begin in the coming weeks, as we have nearly reached our fund-raising target.

Please click HERE for more information.

If you can join our efforts to close the gap and reach our fundraising total, we would warmly welcome your contribution.

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.

Art & Artists

Work of the Week 23: That’s What We Want! by Edward Bawden

Work of the Week 23: That’s What We Want! by Edward Bawden

lithographic poster for the Empire Marketing Board, c. 1931 This exemplifies Edward Bawden’s brilliance as a designer; the same linocut profile of the bullock, reminiscent of those circling Grecian pots from antiquity, is repeated with suave economy and startling...

Work of the Week 21: Salmon Nets Drying by Bernard Cheese

Work of the Week 21: Salmon Nets Drying by Bernard Cheese

1959, lithograph Much of Bernard Cheese’s printmaking in the later 1950s depicted boats and fishing communities – a subject that was never to lose its fascination for him.  ‘Salmon Nets Drying’ is typical of his work at the time with its combination of attractive...

Exhibitions

A Singular Obsession – celebrating the centenary of Michael Ayrton

A Singular Obsession – celebrating the centenary of Michael Ayrton

Daedalus/Icarus Matrix | Michael Ayrton | © The Artist’s Estate Exhibition dates: 29th May – 31st October 2021, subject to government guidelines. Michael Ayrton (1921 – 1975) was a precocious, individual, productive and passionate artist, whose oeuvre spanned painting, sculpture, drawing, illustration and theatre design. An outspoken intellect, critic, author, consummate communicator and bon viveur, […]

Lithographic Fever: ‘Britain’s Mid-Century Print Boom’

Lithographic Fever: ‘Britain’s Mid-Century Print Boom’

Bernard Cheese ­– Salmon Nets Drying, 1959, lithograph Michael Rothenstein – Signals, 1952 – 3, lithograph Exhibition dates: 29th May – 31st October 2021, subject to government guidelines In 1950, the artist Michael Rothenstein wrote to the Arts Council from his home in Great Bardfield, Essex.  He wanted money to help publish prints celebrating the Festival […]

North West Essex Potters (online)

North West Essex Potters (online)

Online Exhibition (published 18th September 2020) The Fry Art Gallery has had for some years a small collection of the work of studio potters who have lived and worked in North West Essex. Recently this has been developed and two new ground-breaking potters, Ian Auld...

News

Michael Ayrton: Centenary Celebrations

Michael Ayrton: Centenary Celebrations

2021 is the centenary of Michael Ayrton’s birth. Among the exhibitions in 2021 is A Singular Obsession - celebrating the centenary of Michael Ayrton, here at The Fry. Ayrton’s Minotaur is a striking denizen of the Barbican’s St Alphage Garden, while the legendary...

New Biography of Isabel Rawsthorne (Lambert) Published

New Biography of Isabel Rawsthorne (Lambert) Published

OUT OF THE CAGE: The Art of Isabel Rawsthorne A major new biography, written by Dr Carol Jacobi, has been published (18 February) by The Estate of Francis Bacon Publishing, supported by Francis Bacon MB Art Foundation Monaco, in association with Thames & Hudson....

ONLINE SHOP NOW OPEN

ONLINE SHOP NOW OPEN

You can now purchase books and merchandise from The Fry online. We have a dedicated 'shop page' on our website with all the information you need. Of particular interest is the Random Spectacular publication, right, which accompanied our recent exhibition, together...

Visiting us

Opening Times

The Gallery will re-open on the 29th May. from that date and until the 2oth June, entry is by pre-booked, timed tickets only. Hopefully, beyond that date, pre-booked tickets will no longer be necessary.

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Entry will be limited to 12 people per hour, respecting social distancing and visitors must wear a face mask (unless exempt).

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2pm – 5pm

Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sunday and Bank holidays 2pm – 5pm

Contact us

We would be delighted to hear from you and also consider following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

01799 513779

info@fryartgallery.org

Location

The Fry Gallery on Castle Street will be closed during 2021, whilst a new extension is built. During that time, exhibitions will be held nearby at:
 
The Fry Art Gallery Too
9b Museum St, Saffron Walden CB10 1BN
 
This building is adjacent to the main gates to Saffron Walden Museum.
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