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 for 2023. We re-open on Sunday April 7th 2024 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.

Film by Thomas Völker © 2022

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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. Should you wish to contribute to our running costs, please use the button below.

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Work of the month

Work of the month: Design for Ivanhoe by Olga Lehmann

Work of the month: Design for Ivanhoe by Olga Lehmann

Ink & watercolour on paper, 1981 This is a sketch done by Olga Lehmann of a costume for the character Rebecca, played by Olivia Hussey, in a TV film adaptation of Ivanhoe, first shown in the UK in September 1982. The production featured a number of well-known...

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Work of the month: Autumn by Edward Bawden

Work of the month: Autumn by Edward Bawden

Lino print on paper, 1950 A typically ebullient and Bardfield-themed picture this month from Edward Bawden. As well as showing off Bawden's graphical skill, the print demonstrates how he used a simple colour palette to bring an image to life. This seasonal linocut...

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Work of the month: October by Richard Bawden

Work of the month: October by Richard Bawden

Colour Aquatint and Etching Richard Bawden works in various media including watercolour, etching, linocut and also glass engraving. He has produced illustrations for many books, as well as murals, mosaics and furniture. He is closely linked with the 'Bardfield...

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Exhibitions

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Visiting us

Opening Times

The Gallery is now closed for the 2023 season. We re-open on Sunday 7th April, 2024.

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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