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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE YOU PLAN YOUR VISIT:
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.
Because we have less space this year we cannot show the usual range of works by Bawden and Ravilious, (which will return next year), but two new and innovative exhibitions bringing significant new material to the Gallery are running concurrently: A Singular Obsession and Lithographic Fever – see details below.
EXHIBITIONS END ON SUNDAY 31st OCTOBER.
Please note that because the Gallery is small, numbers are limited to twelve at any one time, and we prefer face coverings to be worn to protect visitors and staff, unless exempt.
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 began on the 12th July, with the fund-raising target in sight.
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
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Visit the Collection
Browse the Fry Gallery collection online here.
aquatint/etching, 1951 George Chapman was famous for documenting the industrial life of South Wales and House on Rocks is no exception. The mill wheel and chimney are placed next to a small house, with hills or even slag heaps in the distance. The technique is of...
linocut, 1959 (No. 31) Artist, illustrator and printmaker, Chloë Cheese, selected this work for the Random Spectacular exhibition in 2020: 'This linocut is drawn with great freedom but vividly evokes the Essex farmyards of my childhood. When we lived in Bardfield End...
mixed media The Fry's collection includes a number of three dimensional works and this small model dates from around 1946. Eileen Lucy "Tirzah" Garwood was married to Eric Ravilious from 1930 until his death in 1942. Her daughter, the writer Anne Ullmann, commented:...
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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....
The Fry Art Gallery was delighted to welcome Walter Hoyle’s widow, Denise, and their daughter, Nina, to the new exhibition Walter Hoyle – A Versatile Artist. They have kindly loaned pictures to the exhibition together with pots made by Walter and decorated by Denise,...
We are delighted to report that we have received a grant of £4,000 from the AIM/Pilgrim Trust Conservation Grant Scheme towards the conservation of several works by Isabel Lambert, which were recently donated to us by her family. The work shown is Leda, 1950....