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.
2022.The 2022 season 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.
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.
The Fry’s online shop has a range of gifts, from textiles to books.
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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.
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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...
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...
Michael Ayrton (1921 – 1975) was a precocious, individual, productive and passionate artist…
In 1950, the artist Michael Rothenstein wrote to the Arts Council from his home in Great Bardfield, Essex.
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...
Friday 1st July 2022 10am to 4.30pm This will take place at Fry Too, 9b Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1BN, adjacent to the main gates of Saffron Walden Museum. Tea and coffee provided; please bring your own packed lunch. Suitable for all abilities. Parking...
Renowned local artist, and great friend to The Fry, Tessa Hawkes, has a new exhibition in Saffron Walden. Sculpture and paintings by Tessa and Ann Gascoine will be on display from the 18th June. Saturday 18th June - Sunday 26th June 10am-5pm ANN GASCOINE & TESSA...
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...