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.
Over the weekend of the 20/21 November the Sale attracted 472 visitors and made a profit for the Gallery of over £20,000. The Fry does not receive any regular core funding and so this income helps us to meet our running costs and maintain free admission to all.
A Singular Obsession and Lithographic Fever have now ended. The Gallery will reopen in April 2022, with exhibitions including REGENERATION, which will include many of the highlights of collection, together with The Many Sides of Isabel Rawsthorne.
Christmas Shop Online
The Fry’s online shop has a range of gifts suitable for Christmas presents, from textiles to books.
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The Fry receives no regular funding and the pandemic has continued to affect visitor numbers during 2021. Should you wish to contribute to our running costs, please use the button below.
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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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