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.
From Tuesday July 20th, booking will no longer be necessary. 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.
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.
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 will begin in the coming weeks, as we have nearly reached our fund-raising target.
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
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.
mixed media, 1975 Made in advance of a 1976 BBC television production of Wagner's opera The Flying Dutchman, David Myerscough-Jones's drawing manages not only to be a practical design but to evoke the entire musical world of that haunted and haunting opera. The...
etching, from Femmes/Hombres (The Verlaine Suite) 1972 Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), wrote a trilogy of erotic poetry between 1887 and 1891, entitled Les Amies, Femmes and Hombres. The latter two were republished in 1972 as Femmes/Hombres in an edition of 100, with 15...
Sheila Robinson has created a dynamic and surprising image here…
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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....
Robjn Cantus, who publishes the blog Inexpensive Progress, has made a number of short videos about the Bardfield Artists. Click below to see Edward Bawden at Home Watch it here on Youtube.