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.

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.



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 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...

Work of the Week 48: Red Tabby by Sheila Robinson

Work of the Week 48: Red Tabby by Sheila Robinson

cardboard cut, 1971 Sheila Robinson developed her own highly accomplished technique for printmaking using a cardboard cut out, often in conjunction with lino print, produced without the aid of a press, her cottage being too small to accommodate one. Card shapes were...


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...


Ravilious Apron now in stock

Ravilious Apron now in stock

Autumn Fruits Apron is now in stock - an ideal stocking-filler for the Christmas chef. This is the Autumn decoration commissioned for publicity for The Cornhill magazine. Exclusive to The Fry Art Gallery, it is printed on 100% unbleached half panama cotton by Stuart...

VIDEO: Gallery Walk-Through of Ayrton Exhibition

VIDEO: Gallery Walk-Through of Ayrton Exhibition

Join us for a walk-through of the current Goldmark sponsored exhibition at the Fry Art Gallery, A Singular Obsession – Celebrating the Centenary of Michael Ayrton, with Dr. Justine Hopkins. Hopkins is a writer and freelance lecturer in Art History, and also the...

Ravilious and the New Online Shop

Ravilious and the New Online Shop

This Ravilious handkerchief is just one of the many items available in our online shop. Books, tea-towels, cushion covers and a host of other items are available to purchase. SHOP

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.


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