***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 runs a series of popular hobbyist craft courses throughout the year in conjunction with Colchester School of Art at Colchester Institute.

Colchester School of Art has over 130 years of history, dating from 1885, the year the original Art School was founded

Using the links below will take you through to the course page on the Colchester Institute website where you will be able to find out more about the courses on offer. These courses are purchased and booked onto through the Colleges Online Store by clicking on the ‘Buy Now’ buttons.