The Minories Galleries
The Minories Galleries houses a contemporary art gallery run by Colchester School of Art, part of Colchester Institute. The site is also home to a shop selling some of the best art and crafts to be found across the region, has meeting rooms for hire, and can also cater for weddings and other events. A listed Georgian building, The Minories is of local importance within the historic town of Colchester.
The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, over the years assisted by the ‘Friends of The Minories’ support group, have ensured the building be used to present art for the community of Colchester and visitors to the town. This has continued and now ensures the Colchester School of Art provides contemporary art and design in one of Colchester’s most distinctive buildings.
As well as the public gallery and shop, there is also an onsite ‘Tiptree’ Tea Room and a wonderful walled garden that is looked after by The Friends of The Minories.
The Minories is next door to Firstsite, Colchester’s new contemporary art space, in the centre of the town’s cultural quarter.