***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

Waiting for Bacon

16th December 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Minories Galleries
74 High Street
01206 712437

‘Waiting for Bacon’, a play by the writer Danae Brook on the life and outrageous times of the painter Francis Bacon will be performed here at the The Minories Galleries on 16th & 17th December at 7:30pm. Bacon and his friends the artists Dickie Chopping and Dennis Wirth Miller, members of the Colchester Art Society, exhibited at The Minories throughout their working life. Bacon bought a house in Wivenhoe near Colchester after being drawn in by the light and its reflection on the water there and it became one of his favourite places in the world to paint & create.

The play tells the story of how Francis, invited to Paris in 1972 for the first major retrospective of his work, at the Grand Palais, took his lover and favourite model, George Dyer, to stay in a small hotel on the Left Bank. Accompanied by Sonia Orwell, the couple began drinking on the train to Paris and continued through the night. But while the painter was being feted George Dyer, whose image dominated the exhibition, was left behind in the hotel to brood on the treacherous disloyalty of his lover. The evening of triumph turned to tragedy.