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A Day in Great Bardfield & Saffron Walden, Essex

  • 6 May 2020 8.45am - 7.45pm
  • Great Bardfield & Saffron Walden, Essex
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Our day in Essex features a taste of village artistic life at Great Bardfield and a visit to the Fry Art Gallery in the market town of Saffron Walden. The artists Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious moved to Great Bardfield, Essex in 1925, at first sharing lodgings at Brick House. Over the years and encouraged by Bawden and Ravilious' work, other artists came to live in the village, forming a community of artists and designers that has continued to the present.

They included John Aldridge, painter and designer of wallpapers (printed, like Bawden's papers, by the Curwen Press) and Walter Hoyle, printmaker and also wallpaper designer. We shall see the recently opened Bawden Gallery featuring Edward Bawden’s preparatory drawings for his lithographs for Life in an English Village. Our tour of the High Street will be led by Janet Dyson, Chair of the Great Bardfield Historical Society, and will include an opportunity to visit privately owned Brick House to see its original wallpapers.

The Fry Art Gallery at Saffron Walden is known for its comprehensive collection of work by the Great Bardfield artists, notably Bawden and Ravilious and includes paintings, prints, books, artists' scrapbooks, ceramics, wallpapers and decorative designs. The 2020 exhibition in the main Gallery, Random Spectacular, features new acquisitions, newly conserved works and little known gems from the collection. There will also be a selection of work by Walter Hoyle. Fanny Haine, Education Officer, will welcome us and speak about the history of the gallery as well as its collections. There will also be an opportunity to explore the landscaped Bridge End Gardens.

Tickets are £55 per person and include coach transport, refreshments and lunch.

Event hosted by Andrew Moore.

08.45amBus departs from B&Q Hall Road
10.30amRefreshments in either Great Bardfield or Saffron Walden
1.00pmBuffet Lunch, Cross Keys, Saffron Walden
6.00pmCoach departs for Norwich
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