Fry Art Gallery 

Whilst in Saffron Walden I visited the Fry Art Gallery. It is a brilliant little gallery, which houses original works by Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious, Michael Rothenstein and Richard Bawden, to name a few.

The main room has a display from the permanent collection called A Modern Sensibility, which features some impressive prints from Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious. These were the highlights for me, especially Bawden’s Liverpool Street Station and Snowstorm at Brighton. It was also useful being able to compare the print of Brighton Pier at the Fry Art Gallery to the ones I saw earlier in the year at the Bedford Higgins. Another highlight was the set of lithographs by Eric Ravilious detailing life on a submarine. This display is available to view until October.

The second half of the gallery was a special exhibition called Richard Bawden At 80. It featured prints and paintings by Edward Bawden’s son, Richard. I particularly liked the Christmas card designs and the cat chair!

There were also a couple of small rooms, one of which contained other smaller Ravilious and Bawden pieces, including some lovely woodblocks by Ravilious, and a display of book covers by Saffron Walden based collage artist Michelle Thompson.

I was really impressed with the gallery. It has such an important collection of artwork and anyone interested in printmaking should try and visit. The staff were very nice and there are some lovely books available to buy as well!

Exhibition Wishlist – October

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Here are some interesting looking exhibitions, hope to get to visit a few!

Angela Harding Prints and Paintings at Cambridge Contemporary Arts until 25th October 2015

From Eric Ravilious To Grayson Perry at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

The Art of Acquisition The Great Bardfield Artists’ Houses at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

Ed Kluz: Monument at John Martin Gallery, London until 31st October 2015

A History of Photography: Series and Sequences at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 1st November 2015

Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal at The Bowes Museum, County Durham until 8th November 2015

City Noir: John Duffin’s London in Paint and Print at For Arts Sake, Ealing, 23rd October – 22nd November 2015

Four Women Artists – Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe, Alison McGill, Emily Sutton at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 4th November – 25th November 2015

The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa at Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge until 6th December 2015

The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures – Curated by Mark Hearld at York Art Gallery until 2016

Bawden’s Book Illustration at The Higgins Bedford until January 2016

The Amazing World of M.C. Escher at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London until 17th January 2016

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist As Collector at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich until 24th January 2016

Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 31st January 2016

Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’ at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 31st January 2016

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London until 31st January 2016

Exhibition Wishlist – April

exhwlaprilI thought I would make another exhibition wishlist as I have seen so many shows I’d like to go to! I’m fairly sure I won’t get to see half of them, but perhaps you will and you can let me know about it!

Jonny Hannah: The Darktown Billets-Doux at The Depot, Edinburgh 10th – 14th April 2015

Neil Bousfield at Tinsmiths, Ledbury until 25th April 2015

Secret 7″ at Somerset House, London until 3rd May 2015

Dust: Drew Millward at Colours May Vary, Leeds until 4th May 2015

Paul Catherall: 15 Years of Linocuts at For Arts Sake, Ealing, London 17th April – 17th May 2015

Bawden’s Book Illustration at The Higgins, Bedford

An Abiding Standard: The Prints of Stanley Anderson at The Royal Academy until 24th May 2015

Goya: The Women and Old Witches Album at The Courtauld Gallery, London until 25th May 2015

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector at The Barbican, London until 25th May 2015

New Rhythms: Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and his contemporaries at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge until 21st June 2015 (accompanied by a display of contemporary drawings in Kettle’s Yard House)

Kenneth Rowntree: A Centenary Exhibition at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 12th July 2015

Ravilious at The Dulwich Picture Gallery, London until 31st August 2015

Henri Matisse Sculptures: The Backs at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich until 1st September 2015

Henry Moore: Back To A Land at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield until 6th September 2015

From Eric Ravilious to Grayson Perry at The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden until 25th October 2015

The Power of Paper: 50 years of printmaking from Australia, Canada and South Africa at The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge until 6th December 2015

MOONSTRIPS: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72 at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge until 7th June 2015