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 2022 season runs until 30 October.

2022 Exhibitions

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.

For opening times and booking free admission, please click 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. Pre-booking not necessary.

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.

Art & Artists

Work of the Week 51: Spring by Olga Lehmann

Work of the Week 51: Spring by Olga Lehmann

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...

Work of the Week 50: At A Hollywood Screening by Olga Lehmann

Work of the Week 50: At A Hollywood Screening by Olga Lehmann

guache, 1992 Born in Chile of a French father and a Scots mother, Lehmann was initially educated by an English governess and then sent to an American college in Santiago, later winning a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art in London.  Lehmann’s paintings and...

Exhibitions

The Fry at Wolfson College

The Fry at Wolfson College

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

News

Chloë Cheese Drawing Workshop

Chloë Cheese Drawing Workshop

CHLOE CHEESE DRAWING WORKSHOP at Fry Art Gallery Too, 9b Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1BN Friday 9th September 2022 10am to 4.30pm Tea and coffee provided; please bring your own packed lunch. Suitable for all abilities. Parking available nearby in Swan Meadow....

Gallery Extension Officially Opened

Gallery Extension Officially Opened

Dr Frances Spalding after the unveiling of the Donors' Board, with Fry Chairman Sir Roderick Newton. Sunday 24th July saw the official opening of the extended and refurbished Gallery by the art historian, critic and biographer, Frances Spalding. Following extensive...

Film about Eric Ravilious at SAFFRON SCREEN

Film about Eric Ravilious at SAFFRON SCREEN

ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR Saffron Screen 23rd July 2.30pm. BOOK HERE ERIC RAVILIOUS: DRAWN TO WAR is a true story. Eric Ravilious is as compelling and enigmatic as his art. Set against the dramatic wartime locations that inspire him, Margy Kinmonth’s film brings to...

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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