The Fry Public Art Gallery 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 a special 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. Other artists represented are Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Kenneth Rowntree, Michael Rothenstein and Bernard Cheese. The Gallery was designed to house the collection of Francis Gibson, a local business man who died in 1859, and the building passed by descent to the Fry family, who lease it to the Fry Art Gallery Society. The Gallery also houses a collection of work by Lewis George Fry RBA, RWA (1860-1933), who was Gibson's grandson and a landscape painter of repute. His oils and watercolours are normally exhibited annually between the spring and autumn exhibitions, along with other works by Roger Fry (1866-1934) and Anthony Fry.
First Sunday in April - last Sunday in October Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2pm - 5pm Saturday 11am - 5pm Sunday 2.15-5pm Bank Holidays 2.15-5pm
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Research facilities for academics
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- General guide to collections available
- Guided tours
- Information point provided
- Large print information and/or interpretation
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Public access available to collections information
- Specialist publications on collections available
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