Two Women Sitting in a Garden, Eric Ravilous, watercolour, 1932.

Purchased with assistance from National Heritage Memorial Fund and the V and A Purchase Fund

8th May – 30th October 2022

Opening times: Tuesdays to Fridays, Sundays and bank holidays 2 – 5, Saturdays 11 – 5

This exhibition in the newly expanded gallery draws entirely from the North West Essex Permanent Collection and is designed to show the sustained breadth and depth of the Collection over the 37 years since the formation of the Fry Art Gallery, and now numbering over three thousand items, constantly refreshed by new acquisitions and research. It celebrates the particular strength of the Great Bardfield artists Ravilious, Bawden, Rothenstein and Aldridge and extending to Vaughan, Ayrton and Colquhoun and MacBryde and many other artists less often shown.

Displayed on the walls and showcases alongside are sculpture, scrapbooks, sketchbooks, letters, photographs ephemera and ceramics, including recently acquired work by Gillian Lowndes, Ian Auld and Dan Arbeid, three ground-breaking potters living around Saffron Walden between 1960 and 1980.

Much of the Collection has been acquired by the generous support of the artists and their families and estates, members of the Society and art trust funds.

This exhibition is supported by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

We recommend booking a free timed-entry ticket for admission to the Gallery. You can book HERE.


Felsted, Sheila Robinson, Linocut, 1964
Presented by Mrs Ariel Crittall