Fry Art Gallery
The Fry Art Gallery is an art gallery located in Saffron Walden, Essex, England. Edward Bawden who with his friend Eric Ravilious discovered Bardfield and dominated the scene for almost two decades is well represented by his linocuts, watercolours, posters, ceramics, books and other printed material,as is Eric Ravilious. The gallery currently displays watercolours by Ravilious, plus lithographs, books, fabric, ceramics and a collection of woodblocks, as well as two of his scrapbooks. Also in the collection is work by Tirzah Garwood, Mrs Eric Ravilious.
The gallery was designed to house the collection of Francis Gibson, a local Quaker businessman who died in 1859 and the building passed by descent to the Fry family. In its present form the gallery was established in 1985 and it is managed by the Fry Art Gallery Society. The Gallery's permanent collection is rotated annually and new works added, these works are complemented by changing exhibitions in the gallery.
The Fry houses an impressive number of art works by artists who have local connections with north west Essex. Artists of note include Edward Bawden RA , Eric Ravilious, Michael Rothenstein RA, Michael Ayrton, Paul Beck, Sir George Clausen RA, Robert Colquhoun,Keith Vaughan, John Aldridge RA, John Bellany RA, Grayson Perry RA, Robert MacBryde, and the photographer, Edwin Smith.
Great Bardfield Artists
The gallery has a special emphasis on the dynamic Great Bardfield Artists community which settled in the Essex village of Great Bardfield, during the middle years of the last century. Bardfield artists of note, many of whom having had exhibitions at the Fry, include John Aldridge RA, Edward Bawden, Richard Bawden, John Bolam, George Chapman, Bernard Cheese, Stanley Clifford-Smith, Audrey Cruddas, Tirzah Garwood, Joan Glass, Walter Hoyle, Eric Ravilious, Sheila Robinson, Michael Rothenstein, Kenneth Rowntree,and Marianne Straub. The gallery tells the story of the artists of Great Bardfield and is the only gallery holding and showing a comprehensive collection of their work. The collection comprises works in oil, on paper, drawings, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, archival material, ceramics, sculpture, glass, books and other printed items. Interactive screens in the gallery and on line display over 800 images from the collection.
- Martin Salisbury (Ed), Artists at the Fry: Art and Design in the North West Essex Collection, Ruskin Press, Cambridge, 2003
Artists at the Fry: Art and Design in the North West Essex Collection, Northend Creative Print Solutions , 2012 Ravilious at the Fry: A guide to his works in the Fry ARt Gallery, Northend Creative Print Solutions , 2012