***COVID-19: Information***



It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.

A message from Max

I know this is heart-breaking news for everyone. I have been personally contacting exhibitors and over the coming weeks in June we will be contacting all of our shop artists to confirm what we have, arrange any outstanding payments and to organise collection.

Please be assured the Minories is still here under the Victor Batte Laye Trust and we will continue to maintain and service the building and keep it safe and secure until the next person takes over.

Yours Max

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.

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It is with great sadness that due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to close the Minories building for the remainder of the lease term. Colchester Institute will continue to care for the building and the beautiful gardens whilst supporting the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation to identify a new tenant to take forward one of Colchester’s most loved and long standing institutions.

The College would like to thank all of our supporters including the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation, the Friends of the Minories, Wilkin and Sons, Colchester Art Society and many other stakeholders who have contributed to the site over the past 12 years.