COVID-19: Information

Hello Everyone

We are really sorry but due to the spread of the Coronavirus, as a precaution to protect our visitors and artists in line with all other galleries, museums and theatres, we have decided to close our Gallery to the public from 5pm on Wednesday 18th March 2020 until at least the 19th of April.

Work will continue behind the scenes until we can re-open. We will be reviewing the situation in early April

The Wilkin Tearoom will stay open, via the Garden Gate from Thursday 19th March to Sat 21st March as normal, and will be offering a takeaway service and selling gifts next week between Monday 23rd and Saturday 28th March. Please note there will be no access to the gallery, shop or office at all, this is just the Tearoom.
Events at the Minories Galleries

Events

Apr
3
Fri
2020
Waiting For Bacon – A Play about Francis Bacon @ The Minories Galleries
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Waiting For Bacon - A Play about Francis Bacon @ The Minories Galleries
Friday, 3rd & Saturday, 4th April at 7:30pm The second play in the trilogy, MAKING ART: The dynamics of tricky relationships in making art. By writer Danae Brook ‘Waiting for Bacon’, a one act play on the life and outrageous times of the painter Francis Bacon will be performed here at the Minories Galleries, where Bacon and his friends the artists Dickie Chopping and Dennis Wirth Miller, members of the Colchester Art Society, exhibited throughout their working life. The play tells the story of how Bacon, invited to Paris in 1972 for the first major retrospective of his work, at the Grand Palais, took his young 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 as a celebrity, 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. Tickets £12 each  available via Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/waiting-for-bacon-a-play-about-francis-bacon-tickets-97287141459?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Apr
4
Sat
2020
Waiting For Bacon – A Play about Francis Bacon @ The Minories Galleries
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Waiting For Bacon - A Play about Francis Bacon @ The Minories Galleries

Friday, 3rd & Saturday, 4th April at 7:30pm

The second play in the trilogy, MAKING ART: The dynamics of tricky relationships in making art.

By writer Danae Brook

‘Waiting for Bacon’, a one act play on the life and outrageous times of the painter Francis Bacon will be performed here at the Minories Galleries, where Bacon and his friends the artists Dickie Chopping and Dennis Wirth Miller, members of the Colchester Art Society, exhibited throughout their working life.

The play tells the story of how Bacon, invited to Paris in 1972 for the first major retrospective of his work, at the Grand Palais, took his young 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 as a celebrity, 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.

Tickets £12 each  available via Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/waiting-for-bacon-a-play-about-francis-bacon-tickets-97287141459?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Apr
11
Sat
2020
Family Art Workshop – Making Your Own Mandala Artwork @ The Minories Galleries
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Family Art Workshop – Making Your Own Mandala Artwork @ The Minories Galleries

A great family activity during the Easter Holidays with Steve Downey including free entry for all children aged 5-10!

About this Event

Steve Downey, whose exhibition ‘An Explosion in Colour’ will also be on display at The Minories, will be running an Art Workshop on making your own mandala artwork, suitable for ages 5 – 85! Steve has successfully run this course in UK schools, museums and on adult training courses, as well as in India to children in care.

Materials will be provided at no extra charge but please feel free to bring any magazines or colour photographs you can cut up to stick on your art work.

Apr
16
Thu
2020
VIRTUOSO GUITAR AT THE MINORIES PRESENTS: VINCENT LINDSEY-CLARK IN CONCERT @ The Minories Galleries
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
VIRTUOSO GUITAR AT THE MINORIES PRESENTS: VINCENT LINDSEY-CLARK IN CONCERT @ The Minories Galleries

*****THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A REPLACEMENT DATE WILL BE COMMUNICATED IN DUE COURSE****

Vincent is one of the most active Guitar/Composer performers in the world today. He has published concert repertoire and student works for more than 30 years, his music appearing in concert halls and examination syllabuses all over the world. This is a chance to meet someone who has direct experience in writing for commissions, as the one featured in this concert, as well as hearing a soloist of true world class.

6:00pm – 6:45pm:   Pre-Concert illustrated talk – New Zealand Commission – ‘Land of the Birds’

6:45pm – 7:15pm:     Drinks in the bar

7:30pm – 8:30pm:   Recital featuring Vincent’s own innovative and popular works

May
8
Fri
2020
The Secret Art Fair @ The Minories Galleries
May 8 @ 10:00 am – May 10 @ 4:00 pm
The Secret Art Fair @ The Minories Galleries

*******The Secret Art Fair has been postponed until the 10th December 2020*******

Friday, 8th May – Sunday, 10th May  (Now 10th December until 13th December)

10am – 5pm Friday & Saturday

10am – 4pm Sunday

The Secret Art Fair returns to The Minories for its second year to present the unseen work of professional artists from across the East of England to a curious audience with an appetite for beautiful art.

If you are a professional artist looking for more places to exhibit and sell work to an art buying public why not apply to take part in this years Secret Art Fair – for further information head to https://www.thesecretartfair.com/apply

May
30
Sat
2020
Nothing New @ The Minories Galleries
May 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Nothing New @ The Minories Galleries

Calling artists, crafters & makers!

We are bringing Nothing New – our pre-loved & recycled fair –  back for 2020!

We are looking for lots of lovely creative types to have stalls with us out in our lovely walled garden* on Saturday, 30th May from 10am – 4pm, with one condition – all your products must be either recycled, upcycled or pre-loved!   You can sell from picnic blankets, bicycle baskets, old suitcases, clothing rails, whatever takes your fancy!

Contact Julie Hobern here at The Minories for more information and to reserve your pitch!  [email protected]

*PS: Yes there is a plan for if it rains!

Jul
18
Sat
2020
An Enchanted Evening @ The Minories Galleries
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
An Enchanted Evening @ The Minories Galleries

The Bel Canto Sopranos invite you to join them for a spectacular show of exquisite Opera Arias, Classical Crossovers, Musical Theatre Masterpieces, Movie Classics and Beautiful Power Ballads

The superb voices of established sopranos Gemma Turner, Angie Diggens & Carrie Audit will transport you to a ‘Night at the Italian Opera’ and ‘A Journey through London’s West End’, as they perform a beautiful selection of music and songs, arranged with their special classical crossover twist.

Music to include beautiful Puccini Arias, the hits from the Musicals, epic movie sound tracks and stunning powerful ballads.

It really is an evening to be enjoyed by anyone who loves classical music, songs from the shows and everything in between.

“An Incredible Talent” – The Stage

Saturday, 18th July

5:30pm – 8pm

Tickets available from Ticket Source – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bel-canto/an-enchanted-evening-the-minories-colchester/e-axyrdv