Image: Eric Ravilious (1903-42) Rye Harbour, 1938 Pencil and watercolour Image courtesy of the Ingram Collection

This exhibition celebrates the story of the thriving artists’ community that sprang up in Great Bardfield, a village in north-west Essex, which is represented in the collections of The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden and The Ingram Collection. It will feature works by Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, two artists who around 1931 discovered the area and were inspired by the beauty of the Essex farmland, woodland, winding lanes, and open skies. They were joined in 1933 by John Aldridge. The exhibition will also explore the work of the second wave of artists such as Michael Rothenstein, George Chapman, and Walter Hoyle, and the seminal Open House exhibitions which the artists organised during the 1950s. 


9 July 2022 – 9 October 2022
£7.50 Day Pass • Lightbox Members and Under 21s Free 

Admission to Upper Gallery is included with the Main Gallery.